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Mailing Address: Auburn Correctional Facility, Att: ACCA Chaplains Office

135 State St., Auburn, NY 13021
Telephone: (347) 783-7684

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He robbed banks and went to prison. His time there put him on track for a new job: Georgetown law professor.


During a break in a basketball game to raise money for charity, Shon Hopwood told some of his Georgetown law students it felt different than the last time he was on a court: When he played basketball in federal prison, he had to carry a shank ...

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The South-Central Region of The American Correctional Chaplains

Come join The South-Central Region of The American Correctional Chaplains Association for its annual Conference in Historic Natchez Mississippi, “Where the river is wide and the history runs deep.”

May 15-17 2017



Meetings, Workshops & Events will be held at:

WHERE - Magnolia Bluff Hotel, located 645 S Canal St. Natchez, MS.  601- 861-4600

HOW MUCH - Room rate $99.90 per night king, or double Deadline for reservation at this rate is April 15, 2017 Rooms are under the American Correctional Association.

REGISTRATION - Early Registration (by April 10th) – Entire Conference – Single: $100.00; Couples $155.00

… One Day registration (May 16th) $55.00

                                    On Site Registration – Entire Conference – Single: $160.00; Couples $175.00

… One Day registration (May 16th) $65.00

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? - State prison chaplains, BOP chaplains, GEO, CCS, Community Correction, jails



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American Jails Magazine Special Issue on Chaplaincy Available Online:

While a few years since the publication, the July/August 2012 issue of the American Jail Association's magazine, which was devoted to 'Keeping the Faith - Religious Issues in Jails' is still a bench mark for chaplains and should be considered required reading. AJA's journal described the chaplaincy as: "Meeting the religious needs of inmates from all faith groups without breaking the budget, the law or security can be a formidable challenge. This unique issue of American Jails focuses on religious programming, including best practices and the role that a professional chaplain plays in the proper management of a detention facility." Several of the articles, a dual guest editorial, guest 'Chaplain's Corner' column and tribute to Sister Margaret Graziano have been contributed by ACCA members. To download a pdf file of the entire issue, click here .

  ACCA Endorsed Pew Forum 50-State Survey on Prison Chaplaincy Released
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  Paper on Prison Chaplaincy Published
A paper on prison chaplaincy by Tom O'Connor and Jeff Duncan entitled 'The Sociology of Humanist, Spiritual, and Religious Practices in Prison: Supporting Responsivity and Desistance from Crime' is now available via the internet. For a free full-text pdf download, go to
 Sunday TV Mass Serves Inmates Nationwide
The American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association recommends a special Sunday Mass produced for those unable to participate in a parish liturgy that is now available via TV. For more information about this program, Click Here
ACA Religious Faith Policy
The American Correctional Association renewed its 'Public Correctional Policy on Religious Faith and Practice' at the 140th Congress of Correction, August, 2010. To read that policy, Click Here.
Article on Faith-Based Prison Units
To read an excellent article by Stephen Hall about Indiana's PLUS program, Click Here
Reprinted with permission of the American Correctional Association, Alexandria, VA


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