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The 2018 Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida, at the Marriott World Center was a huge success.   There were over 100 workshops and education sessions offered during the conference and over 200 agencies sought their accreditation or reaccreditation during the conference. The Monday morning General Session featured keynote speaker Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Deputy Attorney General and the featured Chris Kennedy Lawford—both speakers were well received by the attendees. During the Monday General Session we honored The GEO Group’s Continuum of Care” program as the 2018 Innovations in Corrections awardee; the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with the Lucy Webb Hayes Award, which is awarded to the agency or program that has achieved both ACA full accreditation and PREA compliance. During the Tuesday luncheon we honored Cristian Onassis Diaz (SC) (Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Awardee); Correctional Officer Paul Nielsen and Correctional Officer Jesse Shockley (TN) (Medal of Valor Awardees); Sergeant James William Miller (FL) (Award of Merit Awardee); and G. Mark Jones, Ph.D. (TN) (Peter P. Lejins Research Awardee). Congrats to all awardees.  Thank you to all who attended – we hope you had a wonderful experience in Orlando!

Now on to Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 2-7, 2018 – stay tuned for additional information about the conference to be posted to this site in the near future.

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, new courses, and it is 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 contact Diane Geiman at 1-800-222-5646 x 0167 or 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. If you have information to share or if you aren’t receiving your newsletter, please email Eric Schultz in our Government Affairs Office at legislative@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!


James A. Gondles, Jr., CAE
Executive Director