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Enjoy some old-fashioned hospitality during ACA's 136th Congress of Correction in Charlotte.

Charlotte, N.C., where gentility is a way of life, will serve as host of the American Correctional Association's 136th Congress of Correction, Aug. 12-17, 2006. The Congress is a who's who of corrections and an opportunity to learn from the best through informative and educational workshops that allow corrections and criminal justice professionals from around the world to participate in reflective discussions and share ideas, expertise and practical experiences. These workshops provide attendees with the latest information on research, programs and technology that is relevant to this year's theme, "Reaching Out: Overcoming Barriers to Successful Criminal Justice Programs."

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ACA encourages all corrections professionals to take advantage of the invaluable training workshops being offered and plenty of networking opportunities that promise professional and personal enrichment. Federal, state, local and community-based representatives of adult and juvenile agencies are encouraged to attend the congress in the beautiful southern city of Charlotte, which will provide a relaxed atmosphere for attendees to participate in themed social events and other activities.

ACA offers the largest exhibit hall of its kind and a unique opportunity to become acquainted with a variety of exhibitors in a comfortable environment. Our exhibitors will show you the latest technology, demonstrate new products and display innovative wares. All the products and services will be available for your viewing and consideration. Be sure to stop by the exhibit hall for three special events designed for you to meet with our exhibitors and network with colleagues, including the Get Acquainted Reception on Monday, the Exhibit Hall Specialty Break on Tuesday and the Grand Prize Drawing on Wednesday. The prize this year is a red GMC Canyon extended-cab pickup truck. Also, plan to join us Wednesday evening for the E.R. Cass Award Banquet honoring two of corrections' finest, Walter B. Ridley and S. Anne Walker, along with entertainment by The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards.

Owing to its mid-Atlantic location, getting to Charlotte is easy from anywhere in the country, garnering it the nickname "International Gateway to the South." More than 55 percent of the U.S. population lives within a two-hour flight of Charlotte and 6 million people live within a 100-mile radius. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, Charlotte is also the second-largest banking center in America.

Charlotte combines all the excitement of a big city with the warmth and southern charm of a small town. If you enjoy great food from barbecue to Italian cuisine, you would be pleased to know that Nation's Restaurant News named Charlotte one of the "Top 50 Cities That Sizzle." Charlotte also is the hub of stock car racing, with major races being held at nearby Lowe's Motor Speedway, the home of the Coca-Cola 600, one of NASCAR's most prestigious races.

Don't miss out on this opportunity. You can register for the congress on ACA's Web site, www.aca.org, or by calling 1-800-222-5646, ext. 0129.
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