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Mission Statement: The purpose of the Corrections Section is to bring together academy members who have a particular interest in corrections, to facilitate and encourage research and theory development related to corrections, to encourage appropriate and effective teaching techniques and practices for corrections courses, to serve as a resource network for and encourage interaction among academic, research, practitioner and policy-making sectors in order to further knowledge about corrections, and to encourage the organization of corrections-related conference activities.


Section News: While the Executive Board is usually busy throughout the year, the Section conducts most of its business at the annual meeting of ACJS each year. Upcoming meetings will be in Denver (2016) and Kansas City (2017).  We hope to see you there!

During the annual meeting, the Section identifies panels, roundtables, and other events that may be of interest to Section members. These events usually are of particular importance to the practice, teaching, or study of corrections.  You can click here to find a list of those sessions for the 2016 conference in Denver when they become available.

The Section-sponsored annual breakfast meeting has proven extremely popular and beneficial. Each year at this gathering, we have a distinguished keynote speaker who has taught, practiced, or published in the area of corrections. The 2015 keynote speaker was Malik Muhammed, Training Captain with the Orange County Florida Corrections Department.  Captain Muhammed provided an exciting presentation about the Veterans’ wing at the Orange County Correctional Facility.

Previous keynote speakers have included: Brandon Applegate, current president of ACJS; Ms. Carly Welebob, Director of the Texas Community Justice Assistance Division (2013); Michael Jacobson, President and Executive Director of the Vera Institute (2012), Sonya Spencer, Executive Director of St. Leonard's Society of Toronto and President-Elect of the International Community Corrections Association (2011); Dr. Daren Dalton, Director of Programs, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (2010). In addition, we value our members and the contributions they have made to the field and acknowledge the work they have done.


The Corrections Section would also like to acknowledge and congratulate Brandon Applegate from the University of South Carolina in his current role as President of ACJS.  We are confident Brandon's leadership will lead to a successful conference in Denver in 2016 .  We also would like to thank Craig Hemmens from Washington State University for his leadership during his 2012-13 tenure as President of ACJS.
Membership: Any current member of ACJS is welcomed as a new member! Also, we actively seek student members who are studying corrections at the undergraduate or graduate level and provide travel scholarships to interested students. If you know of a student who would benefit from meeting and networking with scholars in the corrections field, please encourage them to become a member. Student participation is vital to our growth and the continued research in the field! Section dues are only $35 for regular members and $10 for students.


We have a small, but growing membership and we always are looking for ways to recruit new members who are interested in becoming active participants. Any organization is only as good as its members, and we think that we have some of the most talented teachers, scholars, practitioners, and professionals in the field.


To join the section, current ACJS members should contact Cathy Barth, Association Manager, at; non-members of ACJS can join ACJS and the section online or by following the instructions available on the Membership page of the ACJS website.


Also, you can find us on Facebook at:
Or simply search in Facebook under Corrections Section.


Member Benefits: Our section website and email list serve as a clearinghouse for information and an exchange of ideas, questions, and helpful strategies for practical application, research, and teaching tips among section members.

Your dues along with your RSVP provide you the opportunity to attend the annual social gathering and general business meeting held at the ACJS annual conference.


Members receive a subscription to our quarterly journal, Corrections:  Policy, Practice, and Research, beginning with the first edition in the spring 2016.  Members also receive a biannual newsletter, Corrections Now, in which members can submit materials for publication, including short articles, notices of events, or member updates. Members also receive a 30% discount on subscriptions to The Prison Journal provided by Sage Publications.


It is a very interesting and informative benefit of membership!


Please join us! We look forward to having YOU as a member!


Section Awards:
Outstanding Student Travel Award
- In 2011, the section began awarding the Outstanding Student Travel Award. Students presenting papers at the ACJS annual conference are encouraged to submit their papers to the Awards committee for consideration for receipt of the travel scholarship.

Outstanding Member Award - Criteria for nomination for the Outstanding Member award are: 1) membership in and preferably contribution to the ACJS Corrections Section; and 2) significant research and/or scholarship in the field of corrections. Winners will receive a $100 cash award,a plaque of recognition, and will be honored at the annual Corrections Section Award meeting. Self-nominations are allowed and encouraged.


Past award recipients include:
Cheryl Swanson, University of West Florida
Shelly Listwan, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Jeanne Stinchcomb, Florida Atlantic University
Jacqueline Helfgott, Seattle University
Faith Lutz, Washington State University
Kathy Johnson, University of West Florida
Mary Stohr, Missouri State University
Craig Hemmens, Missouri State University

John Howard Award - The John Howard Award is given intermittently, upon significant demand, to recognize an individual who has made significant and sustained contributions to the practice of corrections. The nominee MUST have made significant contributions to practice, but also can have made significant contributions in scholarship, teaching, policy, or service. Nominators can make the argument that a nominee's scholarship or work in teaching, policy, or service DID make a significant contribution to practice. This is encouraged. Nominations are accepted every year and the committee will seriously consider all nominees. However, the awarding of this honor is solely at the Committee's discretion and may not be awarded each year. Nominees should send a description of the nominee's contributions, explaining how the nominee meets or exceeds the criteria, along with a copy of the nominee's CV to the Chair of the Awards Committee.


Past award recipients:
Todd Clear, Rutgers University-Newark (2014)
Rosemary Gido, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2012)
Ken Kerle, Managing Editor of American Jail Association's magazine, American Jails (2009)


Executive Board: Current members of the Executive Board are as follows:

Chair – David May, Mississippi State University
Term of office ends: March 2018

Vice Chair – Deborah T. Vegh, Edinboro University
Term of office ends: March 2018 (Vice Chair becomes Chair of the Section in 2016)

Secretary/Treasurer – Natalie Goulette, University of West Florida
Term of office ends: March 2018 (2-year term)

Immediate Past Chair – Jeffrey Bouffard, Sam Houston State University
Term of office ends: March 2018

Executive Counselor – Stacy Parker, Muskingum University
Term of office ends: March 2017  (2-year term)

Executive Counselor – Adam Matz, University of North Dakota
Term of office ends: March 2018 (2-year term)

Executive Counselor – Patricia Dahl, Washburn University
Term of office ends: March 2018 (2-year term)


Links to summaries of past annual reports and activities of the ACJS Corrections Section:
Spring 2016 edition of Corrections Section Newsletter
Spring 2015 edition of Corrections Section Newsletter
Fall 2014 edition of Corrections Section Newsletter
Spring 2014 edition of Corrections Section Newsletter
Corrections Section Final Annual Report Summary 2012-13
Corrections Section Mid-year Report 2013
Winter 2013 edition of Corrections Section Newsletter
Corrections Section Constitution and Bylaws

For questions or comments about the Section or this webpage, please email David May at