Utah Correctional Association: Uniting Correctional Employees Statewide. (Chapter/Affiliate Spotlight)

By Harry, Jennifer L. | Corrections Today, December 2001 | Go to article overview

Utah Correctional Association: Uniting Correctional Employees Statewide. (Chapter/Affiliate Spotlight)


Harry, Jennifer L., Corrections Today


The Utah Correctional Association (UCA) is the only professional correctional association in Utah representing all correctional programs. It provides a vehicle for members to network with professionals in all correctional disciplines nationwide. UCA keeps members informed of new trends in the correctional arena and recognizes the accomplishments of Utah corrections professionals annually at its training institutes. Additionally, UCA is a vital lobbying force with significant clout in proposed legislation and issues affecting those in the corrections profession.

UCA offers its members a quarterly newsletter, two major training conferences per year, Corrections Week activities, legislative links, Governor's PRIDE awards, regional training opportunities and networking opportunities through affiliation with the American Correctional Association, the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and the Western Correctional Association. Additional benefits of UCA membership include becoming better-known in the state's correctional arena, better-educated in the corrections field overall, and more highly trained through UCA's educational programs and unlimited networking with other members.

At its annual fall institute, UCA presents awards in various categories for outstanding contributions to the corrections and criminal justice fields, including the James A. Larson Award, the Adult Corrections Award, the Juvenile Corrections Award, the Volunteer Service Award and the Citizen Award.

During Corrections Week, which takes place every spring, Utah's governor signs a proclamation devoting the week to corrections and correctional officers, and presents the association's PRIDE awards. Corrections Week honors the men and women who dedicate their careers to community protection and offender rehabilitation. UCA honors one line officer from each of the following affiliates: the Division of Youth Corrections, the juvenile court, county jails and the Department of Corrections. The association makes an effort to rotate through the different agencies so they all have equal chances to be recognized.

UCA holds elections at its fall institute, which is held at the end of September or the beginning of October. …

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