South Carolina Correctional Association: Service in a Scarce Economy
Grant, Rhonda, Corrections Today
The declining economy has affected people across the nation and around the world. As personal and professional dollars are stretched, the search is on for businesses that offer superior values to strengthen individual spending power. Understanding this, the South Carolina Correctional Association (SCCA) provides opportunities for its members that might otherwise not exist for them in today's scarce economic environment.
During 2007 and 2008, SCCA made special efforts to promote the benefits of professional association membership and to actively support the mission, vision and ideals of the state's criminal justice organizations. SCCA's membership increased significantly through these efforts (South Carolina was the recipient of ACA's 2008 Blanche L. La Du Award for the dual chapter with the highest percentage of membership growth during a 12-month period). Today, there are 11 active SCCA chapters throughout South Carolina, most of which are administered within state correctional institutions. These local chapters plan fundraisers and training events to benefit members and their communities.
SCCA holds annual events that members look forward to. Each year the association hosts the SCCA Olympics, which offer members the opportunity for social networking and some friendly competition in golf, fishing, bowling, softball and basketball tournaments. Every year, SCCA is honored to sponsor a Correctional Officers' Appreciation Luncheon to recognize correctional officers, law enforcement officers, and members of the U.S. armed services from across the state as part of National and State Correctional Officers' Week. This is a special event for SCCA because it is an opportunity to acknowledge the critical work that is performed by criminal justice professionals working across the state. SCCA's Task Force on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders hosts workshops and is developing a strategic plan to raise awareness about issues specific to female offenders. SCCA's Women's Task Force promotes and highlights issues facing female corrections professionals.
For the past several years, SCCA has co-sponsored, with the South Carolina Probation and Parole Association (SCPPA), a fall South Carolina Criminal Justice Training Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The focus of the fall conference is on providing essential training for attendees, augmented by networking events. Co-sponsoring the conference has been a tremendous success in terms of bolstering participant numbers as well as attracting vendors. During the annual awards dinner at the fall conference, each of the sponsoring associations recognizes their "best and brightest" through the presentation of awards, and SCCA presents annual education and memorial scholarships during this event as well. …