American Correctional Association (ACA) | Definition

American Correctional Association (ACA)

The American Correctional Association (ACA) is a professional membership organization that represents the interests of those working in the field of corrections.


The ACA is a nonprofit organization established in 1870 and headquartered in Lanham, Maryland. The ACA has a diverse membership that includes corrections professionals such as probation and parole officers, correctional officers, wardens, and other administrators, as well as researchers, educators, and other interested individuals. The ACA’s mission is to improve the operation of correctional systems and to promote the professional development of those working in the field. To this end, the ACA provides a range of services to its members, including training and certification programs, accreditation services, research and publications, and professional development opportunities. The ACA also advocates for evidence-based practices and policies in the field of corrections.


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