Last updated on: 11/28/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

American Correctional Association Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“The American Correctional Association affirms that voting is a fundamental right in a democracy and it considers a ban on voting after a felon is discharged from correctional supervision to be contradictory to the goals of a democracy, the rehabilitation of felons and their successful reentry to the community.”

“Public Correctional Policy on Restoration of Voting Rights for Felony Offenders,” Jan. 12, 2005

Description:

Founded in 1870 as the National Prison Association, ACA is the oldest association developed specifically for practitioners in the correctional profession… At the 1954 Congress of Correction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the name of the American Prison Association was changed to the American Correctional Association, reflecting the expanding philosophy of corrections and its increasingly important role within the community and society as a whole.”

American Correctional Association website, accessed Sep. 25, 2006

Mission:

“The American Correctional Association provides a professional organization for all individuals and groups, both public and private, that share a common goal of improving the justice system.”

American Correctional Association Mission Statement, Aug. 7, 2002

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