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

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. UCA presidents must make a three-year commitment -- from president-elect to president to immediate past president. They are expected to support the board and the membership for all three years.

"The Utah Correctional Association has been serving its members well since 1978," says Jeanne Lund, committee chair for UCA's newsletter. "The diversity and commitment of our members give UCA the strength and vision of associations that serve much larger populations."

Jennifer L. Harry is associate editor of Corrections Today.

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* Founded: UCA was founded in 1978.

* Objectives: The purpose of UCA is to advance and promote correctional work as a professional endeavor; to unite members in the acceptance of standards and ethics; to help secure effective legislation and citizen support, including financial support for correctional programs; to collect and disseminate information to improve public understanding of both adult corrections and juvenile justice; and to represent the interest of members for various public and private organizations.

* Leadership: Comprised of a president, past president, president-elect, treasurer, nominating chair, secretary and policy chair. UCA also has trustees and other committee chairs who may or may not maintain voting positions on its board: adult community corrections trustee; juvenile court trustee; adult probation and parole trustee; Utah State Prison trustee; private provider trustee; jails/law enforcement trustee; youth corrections trustee; Awards Committee chair; APPA affiliate; membership chair; and newsletter chair.

* Membership: UCA has approximately 900 members.

* Publications: UCA publishes a quarterly newsletter, Utah Corrections.

* Conferences: UCA holds an annual spring and an annual fall conference.

* For more information: Contact Brett Butler, President, Utah Correctional Association, P.O. Box 11, Salt Lake City, UT 84110; (801) 627-7807; e-mail:; Web site:
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Author:Harry, Jennifer L.
Publication:Corrections Today
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Geographic Code:1U8UT
Date:Dec 1, 2001
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