Magazine article Corrections Today

131st Congress of Correction -- Philadelphia, PA -- August 11-16, 2001 "Our Principles: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow"

Magazine article Corrections Today

131st Congress of Correction -- Philadelphia, PA -- August 11-16, 2001 "Our Principles: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow"

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The 131St Congress of Correction will be held in Philadelphia, August 11-16, 2001. In keeping with the spirit of emphasizing our "Declaration of Principles," as directed by our President, the Honorable Betty Adams Green, the Congress Program Planning Committee chose the theme, "Our Principles: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."

The goals of the Philadelphia Congress are to:

* Foster a greater commitment to our guiding principles;

* Support cooperation among various disciplines in corrections;

* Foster alliances with police, courts and community resources;

* Encourage positive work environments for corrections professionals;

* Develop and enhance relationships with associations/organizations that can influence corrections; and

* Provide a forum for an exchange of ideas.

During the 2001 Winter Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, the Committee met with representatives from ACA's chapters, affiliates, committees, councils and task forces to decide the most appropriate supporting workshops for the 11 major sessions.

Based on a review and analysis of the evaluations from previous conventions, the Committee urged coordinators and speakers to make presentations in a variety of formats. Workshop speakers also were encouraged to provide practical information that participants can apply to work or personal situations, involve participants in question and answer sessions, and provide handouts and expand the use of visuals.

The Committee chose supporting workshops emphasizing successful programs that address the diverse interests of both adult and juvenile institutional staff, as well as programs for individuals under community supervision.

The key to success in any organization is dedicated and committed staff. Major Session A: Modeling Ethical Behavior will explore these principles. Presenters will focus on programs that have fostered the kinds of behavior that other staff and inmates can imitate. The speakers will stress positive action and discuss the devastating institutional and agency ramifications of sexual harassment and misconduct.

There is growing evidence of the magnitude of the increased use of longer sentences, including life without the possibility of parole. Major Session B: Managing Aging, Chronically Ill and Terminally Ill Offenders will present a number of approaches and programs demonstrating how correctional institutions and agencies are meeting the challenges of the increasing population of aging, chronically and terminally Ill offenders.

The Committee believes that the concepts of making crime victims whole again and restoring the community, while offenders make restitution or provide services to victims and/or the community, are the guiding principles of restorative justice. …

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