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ACA Welcomes New Dual Chapter and Two Affiliates.

The American Correctional Association (ACA) Executive Committee, Board of Governors and Delegate Assembly voted to accept three new affiliates and one dual chapter at the 129th Congress of Correction in Denver.

The Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Association became the 25th dual chapter of ACA. A Puerto Rican delegation led by President Zoe Laboy-Alvarado and Vice President Alfredo Murphy gave a video presentation on the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation during the Delegate Assembly meeting.

The California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association (CPPCA) was accepted as a state affiliate of ACA. CPPCA's mission is to promote professionalism among corrections practitioners; support research relevant to corrections; advocate positions on correctional issues to lawmakers and policy-makers; educate the public on issues vital to corrections; promote collaborative efforts with related agencies; and provide a network for its members, of which CPPCA has more than 2,000.

Marking a new era for our Association, the Caribbean Correctional Association (CCA) and the Integrated Correctional Association of the Philippines (ICAP) became our two new geographical affiliates. Commissioner Baptiste, president of CCA, shared the philosophy of the association.

The history of the Caribbean countries under British Colonial rule has left them with similar if not identical laws and criminal justice and prison systems, he said. It is not too farfetched to assume they may have similar problems relative their criminal justice systems and the administration of their prisons. According to Baptiste, it would benefit all Caribbean countries to become an integrated unit to advance professional correctional practices throughout the region. This is what initiated the formation of CCA, which currently represents 18 different islands.

Founded in 1975, ICAP's purpose was to unite the members of the corrections branch of the criminal justice system and to assist in the rehabilitation and reformation of offenders to into law-abiding citizens of the community. ICAP President Charles S. Mondejar attended the Congress.
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Date:Oct 1, 1999
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