Magazine article Corrections Today

Enhancing Relationships at ACA's 135th Congress of Correction

Magazine article Corrections Today

Enhancing Relationships at ACA's 135th Congress of Correction

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Corrections officials from across the country and around the globe got a chance to share their expertise and increase their correctional knowledge in the beautiful city of Baltimore, which played host to ACA's 135th Congress of Correction Aug. 6-11. The theme of this year's congress "Building Alliances for a Stronger Voice in Corrections" encouraged participants to network and discuss practices with colleagues in order to further strengthen the corrections field. The conference offered more than 100 workshops to attendees, which ranged in topic from recruiting and retaining the right talent for your agency, to terrorism implications in facility emergency response planning. Tours of six local facilities were also offered to attendees who wanted to get a glimpse of Maryland's innovative programs.

Along with an opportunity for training and education, attendees had a chance to have fun and establish friendships at the various social activities held at the conference such as the ice breaker reception. And once again, ACA's Exhibit Hall showcased the latest in correctional products and technology, from architecture and security to medical and mental health services. Also, during the opening session, Maryland's Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. offered his support of the corrections profession and shared words of encouragement to its employees. Then baseball's "Iron Man" Cal Ripken Jr. inspired the audience with the secrets to his success and longevity in the sport. Toward the end of the conference, at the grand prize giveaway on Wednesday, Nancy Simpson, deputy circuit administrator with the Florida Department of Corrections, Tampa, had the lucky hand, as she chose the correct key to a brand new 2005 Jeep Liberty. …

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