THANK YOU for visiting ACA’s website. Our website has proven to be user-friendly and provides an opportunity to: access your membership information (the website contains a members-only section), view ACA leadership and committee membership, register for a conference, review webinars and plenaries, check out ACA standards and performance-based expected practices, order publications, inquire about certification, find post-conference coverage, and many, many more features. A complete list of staff by department is included, so it’s easy for you to contact any of us at any time. We invite you to browse our website and ask that you reach out to us if you have questions or if we can assist you in any way. Hopefully, you will find everything you need and are looking for as you explore our site. 

        With the unanimous concurrence of ACA’s Board of Governors and on the guidance from our legal counsel and insurance broker, the ACA leadership has decided to cancel our 150th Congress of Correction in Cincinnati that was to begin August 6, 2020.  This cancellation is because of the effects of COVID-19 and the guidelines received from the Centers for Disease Control, federal, state, and local governments on large gatherings or meetings. Many of our state departments of correction and other agencies have indicated that they have a travel ban in place for the immediate future for staff travel. Holding a conference in August doesn’t seem to be warranted when we know many of our attendees don’t feel safe just yet traveling or being in crowds the impact of which would significantly decrease attendance at the Congress. This is a most unfortunate situation with this Congress to be the celebration of ACA’s 150th anniversary, but our attendees’ safety is paramount to everything else.  Plans are to hold an anniversary celebration at a future conference instead.  We will now begin working on our 2021 Winter Conference in Long Beach, California, February 4-9, 2021.  Please plan to join us there and watch for information on that conference to be sent in the future.

        Currently, because of the threat of the COVID-19 virus, most of the ACA staff is working remotely. But we are still here to serve our members. If you have any need for assistance, questions, or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are actively placing valuable resources on our website to assist you through these challenging times and we hope for the safety and well-being for you, your colleagues, and your families through this pandemic war we are all fighting. Be sure to check out the “Resource Center” running on this website in the front-page spotlight section.

ACA’s World-Class E-Learning Training Program continues to expand its courses. Quality training starts at ACA and gives you an opportunity to develop your skills and boost your opportunities. We offer a state-of-the-art training platform, a media-rich learning experience and new courses – all cost-effective. Give us a chance to build your career with ACA training in security, administration, treatment, leadership and food service. For more information, and to view the catalog, please visit our website. If you would like additional assistance, please e-mail elearning@aca.org.

        The ACAConnect newsletter continues to be sent to members electronically every three to four weeks. Your input for this newsletter is always welcome at any time. If you have information to share or if you aren’t receiving your newsletter, please email Vincent Ryan in our office at vincentr@aca.org

In addition, we are always looking for good articles for Corrections Today magazine. If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please check out the publications area of this website or send an email to submissions@aca.org

Thank you again for visiting our website. Your membership is appreciated, and thanks for being part of our family! Please stay safe! We will get through this.




James A. Gondles, Jr., CAE
Executive Director