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25 Important Resources for Correctional Officers

Whether you are an aspiring correctional worker in school, a first year cadet, or a veteran correctional officer with years of experience, its important to know the organizations and associations who support professionals in your field and champion correctional excellence. Our list below offers brief profiles of twenty-five prominent organizations who's good works are improving the lives of correctional workers and helping to strengthen our communities.


American Correctional Association

The American Correctional Association was founded in 1870 as the National Prison Association, making it the oldest and one of the most well known associations representing the interests of thousands of correctional workers and the correctional field.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Established in 1930, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has been a steward of the federal prison administration system, and a leader in correctional excellence for over 80 years. With over 39,000 employees and close to 215,000 inmates under its supervision, the BOP is one of the largest organizations tied to the American Correctional System.   

American Jail Association

The American Jail Association (AJA) is one of the largest associations in the Unites States with a mission to support correctional workers employed in institutional settings.

Correctional Peace Officers Foundation

The Correctional Peace Officers Foundation was founded as a non-profit charitable organization in support of the families of fallen officers. The primary mission of this organization is to provide for the surviving families of correctional officers and to promote a positive image of the correctional profession.

United States Department of Justice

The United States Department of Justice is responsible for ensuring public safety by prosecuting and seeking judgement against those found guilty of committing crimes and to constantly defend the interests of U.S. citizens and its laws.

Corrections USA

A national, non-profit organization focused on promoting the image of correctional officers and recognizing outstanding achievement in the field.

American Probation and Parole Association

The APPA is an international organization formed to represent the interests of professionals in pretrial, probation, parole and community-based corrections.

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association represents over 25,000 professionals in the field of law enforcement, across sixty-five agencies, making it the largest non-profit organization in the support of federal officers.  

National Institute of Corrections

The National Institute of Corrections provides information services, support, training  and technical assistance to federal, state and local correctional agencies. The NIC itself is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Association of Black Correctional Workers

The Association of Black Correctional Workers is a professional organization formed to promote the achievements and contributions of the Black Correctional Worker and to be a vocal advocate for positive change in the correctional and criminal justice system.

National Latino Peace Officers Association

Founded in the early 1970's, the National Latino Peace Officers Association fosters professionalism and equality in law enforcement through education and career training. The NLPOA provides workshops and mentoring opportunities to its members as part of its commitment to community advancement.

Chicano Correctional Workers Association

The primary goal of the Chicano Correctional Workers Association is to promote the professional growth and advancement of its members through education, workshops, mentoring and training seminars.

National Asian Peace Officers' Association

The National Peace Officers' Association (NAPOA) is a national organization serving members of the law enforcement community who identify with or share a connection with Asian culture.

Association of State Correctional Administrators

The Association of State Correctional Administrators attempts to improve the field of corrections through the sharing of ideas and collaboration with various correctional jurisdictions.

National Partnership for Juvenile Services

The National Partnership for Juvenile Services works to improve the lives of youths, families and communities by offering technical assistance and professional development in the field of juvenile justice.

National Correctional Industries Association

The National Correctional Industries Association has members that represent all 50 state correctional industry agencies, as well as private sector companies that work as either supplies or vendors to correctional work programs.

American Correctional Health Services Association

The American Correctional Health Services Association is a national organization that represents healthcare professionals employed in institutional corrections settings. Members include nurses, physicians, mental health professionals, medical assistants, and any other healthcare professionals who treat incarcerated individuals. 

International Community Corrections Association

The International Community Corrections Association represents over 250 private agencies which support over 1,500 programs focused on community corrections. Their services include victim services, drug testing & treatment, family counseling, crisis intervention, and home detention/monitoring to name a few. 

National Commission on Correctional Health Care

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care is focused on bringing higher quality health care to our nations prisons facilities. 

National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center

The NLECTC System is a professional organization that works as a conduit between researchers and organizations in the criminal justice system to address the emerging technology needs of officers. They work with federal, local, state and tribal agencies to develop new technology and best practices. 

National Criminal Justice Association

The National Criminal Justice Association is a national advocacy group who represents the policy interests of federal, state, local and tribal governments in all arenas of criminal justice, including law enforcement and corrections. 

Prison S.M.A.R.T.

Prison S.M.A.R.T is a program sponsored by the International Association for Human Values, that brings stress management and rehabilitation training to correctional institutions, social work agencies and justice departments. The program teaches methods for dealing with stress and healing emotional trauma to administrators and inmates. 

Academy of Correctional Health Professionals

The Academy of Correctional Health Professionals publishes educational materials and hosts special educational events in an effort to provide tools and professional development opportunities to health care workers employed by correctional systems.

American Correctional Chaplains Association

The American Correctional Chaplains Association is a national organization representing personnel who provide pastoral care to individuals incarcerated in correctional settings.

International Association of Correctional Training Personnel

The IACTP is a national professional organization for correctional training personnel with a mission of enhancing the treatment of inmates and protecting the public through excellence in the profession of training.