Organization of ASCA : Committee Structure

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ASCA Committee Chairs and Members

ASCA Committee Membership

While each jurisdiction represented in our Association has its own unique characteristics and issues, all of our member agencies share more in common about their work than that which is different. In ASCA, united members can do more to advance the corrections progress than each one alone.

ASCA committees reflect the major issues and concerns of its membership.  The ASCA President appoints committee chairs and approves missions for each committee.  There are currently fourteen committees. Members choose committees according to their interests and expertise, with the exception of the Executive Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Past Presidents' Committee.  These committees' membership depends upon the statuses of members and associate members who meet the criteria for service.

Click here for the current ASCA Committee Chairs and Members updated January 26, 2017.

ASCA Committees

Tom Clements Award Committee

Colorado Executive Director Tom Clements was tragically murdered at his home in Monument, Colorado on March 19, 2013.

This award was created to honor Tom's integrity, dedication to the field of corrections, and contributions to ASCA. The Clements Award distinguishes a member who has initiated an outstanding innovation or achievement that embodies the vision of corrections reforms embraced by Executive Director Clements. This vision includes, but is not limited to, reforms in the areas of administrative segregation, recidivism, parole supervision, prison programming and any other successful reform which is progressive in nature.

Click here for a list of committee members updated October 16, 2016.

Click here for the Tom Clements' Award Committee's Mission Statement updated July 2015.

PREA Committee

The U.S. Department of Justice published final standards for the Prison Rape Elimination Act in August 2012. The audit process for PREA compliance began in August 2013.  The ASCA PREA Committee will be a conduit to inform Members of information about PREA and the PREA audit process; work to share ideas, policies and best practices between ASCA Members; and be a resource for Members as they prepare for the PREA audit process.

Click here for a list of current members of the PREA Committee updated January 25, 2017.

Click here for the PREA Committee's Mission Statement updated July 2015.

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to link to the PREA Committee's web page.

Racial Disparity Committee

The Racial Disparity Committee examines correctional current policies and practices that generate racial disparities; promotes promising practices for eliminating racial disparity within our systems; and actively advocates to influence policies that produce racial disparities within the correctional system and to suggest solutions that my eliminate these disparities. 

Click here to link to the Racial Disparity Committee member list updated January 10, 2017.

Click here for the Racial Disparity Committee's Mission Statement updated July 2015.

Click here to link to the Racial Disparity Committee web page.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee, composed of four ASCA officers and four regional representatives, and the immediate Past President who must be a sitting member of ASCA, directs the Association’s functions and activities, including management of committees, contracts, fiscal affairs, grants, special projects, and external relationships with the federal government, special commissions, national associations and foundations.

Click here for the Executive Committee member list updated November 16, 2016. 

Click here for the Executive Committee's Mission Statement updated July 2015.

Click here to Llink to the Executive Committee web page.

Program and Training Committee

The Program and Training Committee  designs and develops trainings/programs that are 1) relevant to the membership’s current needs for specific information, 2) enriched by the research and study of experts and the experiential wisdom of fellow members who are dealing successfully with challenging issues, and 3) tailored for new and experienced members.

Click here to link to the Program and Training Committee member list updated December 16, 2016.

Click here for the Program and Training Committee's Mission Statement updated July 2015.

Click here to link to the Program and Training Committee's web page.

Past Presidents' Committee

The Past Presidents' Committee provides the opportunity for former presidents of ASCA to contribute their experience and knowledge for the betterment of the Association, to formally acknowledge the contributions of former members with an annual Louie Wainwright Award, and to encourage higher education to the children of correctional employees through the awarding of the Susan M. Hunter Scholarships.

Click here for the Past Presidents' Committee member list updated August 8, 2016.

Click here for the Past Presidents' Committee's Mission Statement. 

Click here to link to the Past Presidents' Committee web page.

Francke Award Committee

On January 17, 1989, Mike Francke, then Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, was murdered as he left his office in Salem. In the summer of 1991, a former Oregon inmate was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life in prison. In 1992, ASCA established the Michael Francke Award, an annual award to recognize an outstanding ASCA member and that member's dedication to corrections. The award serves to celebrate Michael Francke's contribution to the field and his support of ASCA. 

Click here for the Francke Award Committee member list updated January 26, 2017.

Click here for the Francke Committee's Mission Statement updated July 2015.

Click here to link to the Francke Committee web page.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee is established to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and current initiatives regarding   serving the mentally ill population and treating substance abuse disorders in the nation's prisons.  Substance abuse is the leading cause of increasing prison populations and specifically female prison populations.  The Committee will focus on prevention, alternatives and best practices in serving the addicted and mentally ill inmate population with limited resources.

Specific goals include: 

  • Identification of good, evidence-based best practices;
  • Collaboration with Federal partners such as NIC, SAMHSA, NASMHPD and BJA;
  • Advocacy for both preventative and community-based alternatives; and
  • Collaboration with state and local partners such as state mental health directors and state substance abuse directors.

Click here for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee member list updated December 1, 2016.

Click here for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee's Mission Statement updated August 5, 2015.

Click here to link to the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee web page.

Performance Measures Committee/PBMS

The Performance Measures Committee uses Performance Based Measures System (PBMS) to define correctional standards in keeping with contemporary practice; to delineate measures of performance for each standard; to establish key indicators for each measure; to institute counting rules for each indicator; to store the measures on a web database; to produce reports of correctional performance; and to conduct appropriate comparisons of performance across jurisdictions. 

Click here to link to the Performance Measures Committee member list updated August 8, 2016.

Click here for the Performance Measures Committee's Mission Statement updated July 2015.

Click here to link to the Performance Measures Committee's web page.

Reentry and Community Corrections Committee

The ASCA Reentry and Community Corrections Committee works to identify and communicate best practices in reentry and community corrections. The work includes exchange of ideas that prepare inmates for release and building relationships with community resources to increase the successful integration of released inmates into the community and reduce the number of inmates who return to prison.

Click here to link for the Reentry and Community Corrections Committee member list updated January 10, 2017.

Click here for the Reentry and Community Corrections Committee's Mission Statement. 

Click here to link to the Reentry and Community Corrections Committee web page

Research and Best Practices Committee

ASCA is thirsty for research that will support or recommend modifications to out agencies' correctional practices. Since there is not an abundance of empirical research related to our practices, it is important that we not only search out any existing organizational and correctional research regarding effective ideas and practices that can be shared among our members, but that we also approach innovative ideas, programs, practices, and cutting edge correctional technologies with commitment to scientific study and evaluation.

Click here to link to the Research and Best Practices Committee member list updated December 1, 2016.

Click here for the Research and Best Practices Committee's Mission Statement updated July 2015. 

Click here to link to the Research and Best Practices Committee's web page.

Policy: Resolution, Legislation and Legal Issues Committee

The critical issues with which administrators struggle are matters of public policy, legislation, litigation, and special interest investigative groups and commissions. The Committee not only gathers and shares information concerning those issues, but also brings the concerns to ASCA members, often with recommendations, resolutions and or plans for addressing them.

Click here to link to the Policy: Resolution, Legislation and Legal Issues Committee member list updated January 10, 2017.

Click here for the Policy: Resolution, Legislation and Legal Issues Committee's Mission Statement updated July 2015. 

Click here to link to the Policy: Resolutions, Legislation and Legal Issues Committee web page.

Nominating Committee

The President of ASCA appoints the Nominating Committee to serve at his or her pleasure. The Committee normally meets every two years to establish a slate of officers for the following two years. The Committee also ranks the Wainwright nominees sends the rankings to the Past Presidents' Committee for a final vote.  Otherwise, the Committee meets when directed to do so by the President and in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association. 

Click here for the Nominating Committee member list updated January 26, 2017.

Click here to link to the Nominating Committee web page.

Click here for the Nominating Committee's Mission Statement.

Information Sharing Committee

The Information Sharing Committee serves ASCA members need for networking by promoting increased information sharing among all its agencies. It’s specific goals are to expedite dissemination of current and relevant correctional information regularly among members, and particularly via asca.net and conducting surveys on behalf of Member agencies; and to participate in the corrections work of federal information sharing grants/projects and associations that can contribute to ASCA's agenda to promote professionalism in corrections.

Click here for the Information Sharing member list updated January 17, 2017.

Click here for the Information Sharing Committee Mission Statement updated July 2015.

Click here to link to the Information Sharing Committee web page.

Committee Requests

Request to Join or be Removed from a Committee

Members are encouraged to join committees when they have a special interest or bring knowledge or experience to the group. If you would like to become a member of an ASCA committee or be removed from a committee, please send your email request to CommitteeRequest@asca.net.  All committee appointments require final approval by the ASCA President.