Overview--Phoenix serves as site of another great Conference.

Author:St. Gerard, Vanessa
Position::2005 Winter Conference Phoenix
 
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Thousands of corrections professionals started off the new year by gathering with their colleagues and friends at the American Correctional Association's 2005 Winter Conference in Phoenix Jan. 8-12. Just like last time ACA went to Phoenix in 2000, the conference was a huge success, with numerous individuals in the corrections and criminal justice fields taking advantage of all the professional, social and educational activities made available.

Conference attendees had the opportunity to hear moving and remarkable speeches by Bernard B. Kerik, who served as the police commissioner of New York City during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and later went on to serve as Iraq's Coalition Provisional Authority, who keynoted the Opening Session; Gen. Anthony Zinni, retired commander in chief of the U.S. Central Command, keynoted the Annual Luncheon; and Michael J. Durant, best-selling author and chief warrant officer 4, U.S. Army (ret.), who brought the conference to an end with his Closing Breakfast address.

Other key events during the conference included the Satellite Internet Broadcast, "Addressing Prison Rape," and the introduction of the Correctional Roundtable Chat Room, both of which were well-attended and well-received by conference participants. Additionally, attendees chose from any of 70 workshops that centered on the conference theme, "Corrections Contributions to a Safer World" (visit www.aca.org for workshop coverage).

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