Magazine article Corrections Today

ICCA President Looks Ahead

Magazine article Corrections Today

ICCA President Looks Ahead

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Terry Marshall, the new president of the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), has been involved in community based corrections for more than 25 years. He is the president and CEO of ATTIC Correctional Services and oversees a wide variety of community corrections programs in the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota, reflecting a diversity of urban, small town and rural settings. President Marshall began his two-year term of office at ICCA's annual conference held in Atlantic City, N.J., Nov. 7-11, 2005. He takes office at an important juncture of ICCA's development and has the responsibility of maintaining the momentum of renewal that has led to significant redirection and realignment of the association's agenda. With this agenda of renewal in mind, I asked Marshall the following questions.

Would you please expand on the changes occurring within ICCA?

The two major events are the moving of our offices to Washington, D.C., and the hiring of our new executive director, Jane Browning. Jane brings to ICCA an extensive background in association management and "inside the beltway experience." Recently, events such as 9/11 and the changing demographics of the workplace have made membership recruitment and conference attendance difficult, and although we are not the only association to be facing this crisis of membership, we are attempting to deal with it in a positive manner. We are optimistic that our new executive director, with her extensive experience in association management, can assist the board in moving in the right direction.

What do you expect to accomplish with the change of office location, from Wisconsin to Washington, D.C.?

Overall, we foresee better service to our members and a larger presence for our community-based corrections agenda. We seek not only to continue but to enhance our relationship with our traditional governmental partners at [the] Department of Justice, Department of Human Services and the Department of Labor. We will also be seeking larger networking partnerships with other membership and nonprofit organizations who share common interests with us. It is our desire to build strong alliances with other like-minded organizations with the goal to impact public policy in a positive, proactive way.

Ever since 1991 at the Philadelphia conference, ICCA has become known for its "what works" conferences. What is the future of this endeavor?

In my travels, I always hear what high regard correctional professionals have for our "what works" conferences which are now well into their second decade. In the future, we hope that folks who participate in our conferences will learn not only "what's new" in research but also receive more practical training in the "how to" aspects of effective models. We will be emphasizing the issues regarding implementation and transferability of evidence-based program models in our conferences and our quarterly journal.

Are there new initiatives that you plan to commence or that you foresee being taken on in a renewed ICCA?

Let me begin with what people have been talking to us about in the past few months. We have received numerous inquiries from a number of entities on how to deal with the issue of sex offenders at a community level. Issues around notification, registry, political pedantry and irresponsible reporting by the media have created great difficulty in basic housing issues. …

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