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A Historical Moment ... PAST PRESIDENTS' Council Meets to Revise Declaration of Principles.

On Saturday, May 19, history was made as 14 of the greatest minds in corrections met at the American Correctional Association's (ACA) headquarters in Lanham, Md., to revise its Declaration of Principles. Moderated by Mary Ann Saar, state director of the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), and former associate commissioner for juvenile corrections in Maine, and chaired by Past President Su Cunningham, the council discussed ways to update the historic document to make it consistent with current thinking and trends in corrections. Other participants included ACA past presidents John Braithwaite, Norman Carlson, Helen Corrothers, Bobbie Huskey, T. Don Hutto, Perry M. Johnson, Ellis MacDougall, Sam Sublett Jr., Louie Wainwright and Reggie Wilkinson, and ACA's current president Betty Adams Green, as well as James A. Gondles, Jr., ACA's executive director, and Anthony P. Travisono, executive director emeritus.

ACA's Declaration of Principles adopted in 1870 at the first Congress of Correction, has been regarded as a famous document of guidelines for corrections for more than 100 years. The declaration has gone through four revisions -- 1930, 1960, 1970 and 1982 -- with the basic structure of the original principles left intact.

Since the last revision, both ACA and the corrections field have been characterized by many changes, a dedicated leadership and the hard work of thousands of corrections professionals. The meeting that took place in May is representative of this and resulted in a draft document that will be presented during the 131st Congress of Congress in Philadelphia at a public hearing Saturday, Aug. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Reflecting on the meeting, Gondles said, "As I paused and took a look around the table, I was in awe of the amount of experience that these men and women have, as well as their selfless commitment to corrections." Further, he said, "Each one of them brought unique contributions to the table," adding, "What also continues to impress me is the depth and breadth of historical knowledge of ACA that Tony Travisono possesses."

Once the council has received input at this year's Congress, the document will be printed for member input in the October 2001 issue of Corrections Today.

Dana M. Murray is graphics and production manager of Corrections Today.
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