The American Correctional Association (ACA) is a professional membership organization composed of individuals, agencies, and organizations that are involved in all facets of the corrections field, including adult and juvenile services, community corrections, probation and parole, jails, and prisons. The association has thousands of members as well as more than 100 chapters around the world and affiliates representing states, professional specialties, and university criminal justice programs. The ACA has been a driving force in establishing national and international correctional policies and advocating safe, humane, and effective correctional operations. It also disseminates the latest information on correctional policy and standards to members, policymakers, individual correctional workers, and departments of correction. This entry first reviews the history of ACA and then discusses ACA’s standards, particularly with regard ...

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