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 is 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.


ACA’s 2021 Virtual Winter Conference, Feb. 3-6, is now over.  Thank you to those who joined us at our first-ever virtual conference.  During the 4-day conference, several plenaries were held, and attendees were offered a multitude of  multidisciplinary workshops covering all areas of corrections, which afforded attendees the opportunity to earn those valuable continuing education credits. During the Thursday General Session, a moving tribute was held honoring the fallen officers who lost their lives from COVID 19 or lost their lives in the line of duty. Sean Astin, Actor/Director, keynote speaker for the Session, discussed mental health issues. Lastly, Pres. Mohr provided a presidential address at the session, followed by the announcement of the recipients of the ACA 2021 Medal of Valor and the 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award.   At the Saturday Closing Session, attendees were treated to the humorist/inspirational keynote speaker, Glen Ward, who provided us with some laughs as the conference wound down.  The Session also featured a swearing-in ceremony for ACA’s newly elected leadership and then an overview of his presidency from incoming President, Tony Parker. A special thank you to all our exhibitors, sponsors and to those agencies that purchased block registrations – we appreciate you joining us and appreciate your support of ACA.  We hope everyone enjoyed the conference as much as we  enjoyed offering it to you. And don’t forget …. as a registered attendee, you can view the conference for 30 days after the conference ends.  You can also still register for the virtual conference and view the events, get certification credits, etc., until around March 5.  Mark your calendars for our 151st Congress of Correction taking place August 12-17, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee and check back on our website (www.aca.org) for updated information about the Congress.  Lastly, workshop proposals for Nashville 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 Nashville!


            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 two weeks. Your input for this newsletter is always welcome at any time. If you have information to share or if you are not receiving your newsletter, please email the ACA Executive Office at execoffice@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!



                              James A. Gondles, Jr., CAE
              Executive Director