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Thank you to all who attended the 2023 Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Winter Conference kicked off Friday January 27th with the Health Care Welcome Reception which was standing room only. Saturday began with a special Staff Wellness Plenary Session on Generational Differences in the Workplace and featured the Health Care Special Session and Luncheon with Brendan Saloner, as the keynote speaker. Over the weekend, approximately 195 agencies and programs sought accreditation. On Sunday evening, the exhibit hall opened at 2 p.m. with a reception and open house. Monday morning, the General Session featured actor and writer Henry Winkler and the swearing in of the 108th President of ACA. In addition, the Merit Award was given to Correctional Officer Amy Cunningham (MD) and the Peter Lejins Award was given to Dr. Leanne Alarid (TX). Finally, Tuesday wrapped up the conference with a special auditor training session, and a crowded exhibit hall featuring the grand prize drawing at 12:45 p.m. The grand prize was cash and runners up won I-Pads. During the conference, attendees could learn the latest in correctional techniques and research at more than 100 workshops following tracks on reentry, health care, ACA resources, staff development and training, juveniles, security, special offenders, facility design, and other timely topics, with CE’s, CME’s, CEU’s or continuing education hours from the American Psychological Association for correctional psychologists. In addition, ACA’s committees, councils, chapters and affiliates held their respective meetings Saturday through Tuesday. The conference ended at the close of the Delegate Assembly meeting on Tuesday January 31st. 

 Mark your calendars for our 153rd Congress of Correction, August 10-13, 2023, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Check back on our website ( for updated information about the conference. Lastly, workshop proposals for Philadelphia are now being accepted – please visit the Professional Development section of our website if you are interested in submitting a proposal. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

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 [email protected]

The ACAConnect newsletter continues to be sent to members electronically every two weeks. The Corrections Daily newsclips are sent daily. Your input for both is always welcome at any time. If you have information to share or if you are not receiving your newsletter, please email India Vargas at [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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

James A. Gondles Jr., CAE
Executive Director