The Changing Face of Corrections-133rd Congress of Correction Overview

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During the American Correctional Association's 133rd Congress of Correction, national and international corrections professionals convened at Gaylord Opryland in Nasvhille, Tenn., to discuss "The Changing Face of Corrections" Aug. 9-14. About 95 different workshops examined current trends and successful programs from across the country. Topics included staff development and leadership, re-entry strategies and implementing successful correctional programs.

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Unlike in the past, the Congress started off with an Ice Breaker Reception Sunday evening, which allowed attendees to network and catch up with colleagues in an informal setting. The Opening Session was moved to Monday morning, during which Bob Woodward, the Washington Post assistant managing editor famous for his investigation of the Watergate scandal, delivered the keynote address.

Afterward, the Exemplary Offender Program Award was presented to the Pender Correctional Institution in Burgaw, N.C., for its Pender Day Training Program. The goal of the program is to teach developmentally delayed inmates basic work ethics, standards of conduct, and interpersonal and practical skills that are necessary for productive employment and independent living.

In addition, Reginald A. Wilkinson, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, was awarded the Walter Dunbar Accreditation Achievement Award, which recognizes instrumental and expanded participation in the accreditation program and outstanding contribution to the accreditation process. Lastly, the Missouri Corrections Association earned the Blanche La Du Chapter Achievement Award, which recognizes the ACA chapter with the greatest percentage of member increase during the past year. …