Each year at the American Correctional Association's Winter Conference, distinguished awards are presented to honor exemplary leadership and service and recognize corrections' stars.
The Innovation in Corrections Award is presented to a program that effectively and creatively addresses a specific offender problem or need.
Because education is an invaluable resource, ACA presents the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award each year to a minority recipient attending an institution of higher education. Any ACA member may nominate individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have demonstrated a need and a willingness to continue his or her undergraduate or graduate training related to a career in the criminal justice field.
The Peter P. Lejins Research Award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to correctional research. It is presented in honor of Professor Emeritus Peter P. Lejins, an ACA past president and distinguished correctional researcher.
Nowhere will you find more courageous people than those nominated for ACA's Medal of Valor. Anyone in corrections who has performed an act of extraordinary bravery on the job within the timeframe outlined on the nomination form is eligible for this award.
ACA's Award of Merit recognizes an individual who has performed an act of extraordinary bravery outside of his or her professional duties within the timeframe outlined on the nomination form for this award.
Entries for ACA awards should include the following information: