Organization of ASCA : About the Work

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History of the Association

During the early years, beginning in 1960, the Association of State Correctional Administrators was a social gathering of directors of correctional agencies who shared much in common with regard to their work. Administrators would get together in conjunction with the American Correctional Association's summer congress and midwinter meetings. During that era the discussions took place in a director's hotel room. As more directors participated, ASCA held the meeting in hotel meeting rooms and the information sharing proved more helpful. They discussed what was going on in their jurisdictions, what their problems were, and how they hoped to solve them. As the group expanded to include more and more directors, members paid dues to take care of refreshments and meeting rooms.

The National Institute of Corrections provided the first organizational structure with a small amount of administrative support, but their provision of training increased participation and interest. At first, the training occurred once a year for all members
. Later, training was provided for newly appointed directors. During that period, rules were set concerning membership and officers and what the association would and would not do as a group. ASCA developed its Constitution in 1972.  ASCA is run strictly in adherence to this governing document.

In 1985, President Donald Yeomans (Canada), proposed that ASCA establish an Executive Office to plan its meetings and trainings, produce news publications, and manage finances. An RFP for Executive Directorate services was sent out in 1985, and the Criminal Justice Institute, Inc. (CJI) was awarded the contract to manage the operations and programming of the Association. Morris Thigpen, then Director of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, was the first President of the newly organized Association. Since that time, CJI has continued to operate an Executive Office to serve the Association.  Click here to peruse the Executive Directors' Contract.

In 1987, The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

ASCA is managed under a contractual agreement with the Criminal Justice Institute, Inc. (CJI). The ASCA Executive Office is located in Hagerstown, MD. The Co-Executive Directors, George and Camille Camp, supervise all activities.  Major tasks include managing the accounts, supporting committees, updating the website, planning and coordinating meetings and trainings, producing publications, and directing cooperative agreements, grants, and contracts used to further ASCA's goals and objectives as delineated in its Constitution and Bylaws. The Executive Office also annually publishes and distributes bi-monthly Corrections Directions Newsletters.


ASCA Business Meetings

Executive Directors' Report - Summer 2016

The Executive Directors' Report was presented at the ASCA Summer 2016 Business Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

Draft Minutes from the January 24, 2016 ASCA Business Meeting

The ASCA Business Meeting was held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at the Sheraton New Orleans in the Rhythms Ballroom. The President's Report, Treasurer's Report, Executive Director's Report, Committee Reports, and updates from ASCA partners were provided. The highlight of the meeting was a presentation given by past Susan M. Hunter Scholarship winner Seth Shirley from the state of Louisiana. Seth expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to be a scholarship recipient and shared that he will graduate in May 2016 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering maintaining a 3.5 GPA.

Click here for draft minutes from the January 24, 2016 ASCA Business Meeting.

Draft Minutes from the August 16, 2015 ASCA Business Meeting

The ASCA Business Meeting was held on August 16, 2015 at the Westin Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN.  The members and associates heard heard reports from President Leann Bertsch, Treasurer John Wetzel, and ASCA Co-Executive Director George Camp.  Updates were provided to members from various Committee Chairs and Harley Lappin (Associate) was recognized as the recipient of the 2015 Wainwright Award.

Click here for draft minutes from the August 16, 2015 ASCA Business meeting.

Funding of the Association

The Association is currently supported by membership dues, grants from the National Institute of Corrections and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Vital Fund, RAND, Scholarship Fund, Sponsorship and ASCA projects conducted at the direction of the Executive Committee.

A summary of its Treasurer's Reports and sources of funding is attached.

Relationships with other Professional Organizations

The Association has forged close working relationships with a number of professional organizations with whom ASCA shares common goals and concerns. Among others, those professional organizations include the American Correctional Association (ACA), American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI), American Jail Association (AJA), Correctional Technology Association (CTA), the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA), the Council of State Governments (CSG), the IJIS Institute (IJIS), National Governors Association (NGA), National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), the National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics (SEARCH) and the International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA).

Relationships with Federal Agencies

Correctional and criminal justice agencies with which ASCA has working relationships include the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

ASCA/APAI Guiding Principles

ASCA and the Association of Paroling Authorities International Agree on Guiding Principles

With support from NIC, ASCA and APAI developed Principles of Collaboration between paroling authorities and correctional agencies. These principles (attached) were issued jointly by the National Institute of Corrections, and the Executive Committees of the Association of State Correctional Administrators and the Association of Paroling Authorities International to maximize a best practices approach for effective criminal justice programs, collaborative efforts of departments of corrections and paroling authorities are necessary.  Click here for a copy of the guiding principles.

Work Performed in 2014

Winter 2015 Executive Directors' Report

The Executive Directors' Report covering the period August 18, 2014 through February 8, 2015 was presented to the ASCA Executive Committee at the ASCA 2015 Winter Meeting in Long Beach, CA.

Click here for the Winter 2015 Executive Directors' Report.

Summer 2014 Executive Directors' Report

The Executive Director' Report covering the period February 2, 2014 to August 17, 2014 was presented at the at the ASCA Executive Committee during the ASCA 2014 Summer Meetings.

Click here for the Summer 2014 Executive Director's Report.

Work Performed in 2013

Winter 2014 Executive Directors' Report

The Executive Directors' Report covering the period August 9, 2013 through February 1, 2014 was presented to the Executive Committee at the ASCA 2014 Winter meeting.

Click here for the Winter 2014 Executive Directors' report.