142nd Congress of Correction attendees enjoy the mile-high city.
At ACA's 142nd Congress of Correction, thousands of corrections professionals attended workshops, strolled through the exhibit hall and networked with colleagues and friends at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Attendees had the opportunity to attend many workshops on timely topics such as aging offenders, health care, technology, professional development, correctional research, juvenile offenders, mental health and reentry. In addition to offering a reception and several workshops, the association's Healthcare Professional Interest Section hosted a luncheon on Saturday, which featured Pamela Hyde, administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012, gave the keynote address at Monday morning's General Session. She shared her experience growing up as a child with an incarcerated parent, and highlighted her creation of Circles of Support, an organization that serves children whose parents are incarcerated by providing them with resources and tools to help them positively overcome adversity. Also at the General Session, the Walter E. Dunbar Award was presented to Mark S. Inch, brigadier general and chief, Military Police Corps Regiment and Commandant, U.S. Army Military Police School in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo; and the Blanche La Du Membership Award was presented to the Arizona Probation, Parole and Corrections Association.
The convention center featured many exhibit booths in the exhibit hall that displayed the latest correctional services and technologies. Attendees had a blast competing for gift cards in ACA's "Minute to Win It" game in the exhibit hall on Sunday. Tuesday's Grand Prize Giveaway sent Walter Sipple, director of the Naval Brig from Mount Pleasant, S.C., home with a brand-new Chevrolet Sonic, and runners-up Nikki Dixon, manager of business development at Lighthouse Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., with a $250 American Express gift card, and Shawn Carlson, reentry affairs coordinator at FCI Englewood in Littleton, Colo., with a $100 American Express gift card.
Tuesday night's E.R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award Banquet ended the conference with elegance and prestige. Burl Cain, warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, and Gary Maynard, secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, were honored in a ceremony that highlighted their extensive contributions to the corrections field. Attendees also enjoyed a dessert reception following the banquet.
Thank you for joining ACA in Denver to learn and share with fellow corrections professionals. We are looking forward to the 2013 Winter Conference being held in Houston, Jan. 25-30, and hope to see you there.