131st Congress of Correction

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131st Congress of Correction Philadelphia, PA August 11-16, 2001

Philadelphia, The City That Loves You Back!

Thousands of corrections professionals will gather in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, for the American Correctional Association's 131st Congress of Correction at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. From August 11-16, 2001, attendees will enhance their career skills, learn how to improve their facility operations and enjoy several networking events.

In keeping with the spirit of emphasizing ACA's "Declaration of Principles," as directed by ACA President, the Honorable Betty Adams Green, the Congress will examine the theme, "Our Principles: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."

Philadelphia is the birthplace of America's independence and there are many historic attractions as well as shopping and entertainment venues. The historic sites include Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed and adopted in 1776, and where the Constitution was written in 1787; the Liberty Bell, an international symbol of liberty; and Franklin Court, which celebrates the industriousness of Benjamin Franklin.

Philadelphia also has dynamic ethnic museums, including the African-American Museum, the National Museum of American Jewish History and the Polish American Cultural Center Museum.

Attendees can take a break from the heavier side of culture and enjoy the dining and entertainment of the city. Philadelphia has been named the Best Restaurant City in America by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Attendees can choose from restaurants with traditional seafood and steak fare or a variety of ethnic eateries. Homemade specialties like Philly cheese steaks and hoagies can be found at the Reading Terminal Market.

Philadelphia also boasts the Avenue of the Arts, which includes the Academy of Music, the University of the Arts' Merriam Theater and the Annenberg Center. Free outdoor performances are given by the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

All of this can be enjoyed after a day of information-packed workshops, thought-provoking keynote addresses, contact-building social events and cutting-edge exhibits.

The American Correctional Association and the city of Philadelphia offer something for everyone to see, do and learn.


The Congress Daily newspaper will be among the most important documents to read while in Philadelphia, right after the Declaration of Independence. Just like the authors of this historical document, ACA staff works hard to bring you the information that will affect you in the future, at least while at Congress. High marks to RNL Design for sponsoring the Congress Daily.


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