The ICA is proud to announce that the American Correctional Association has chosen Sherie Arriazola, a graduate of the University of  Illinois/Chicago's Criminology, Law, and Justice program and currently a  graduate student at Northwestern University, as the recipient of the ACA's  Martin Luther King Scholarship for 2014.

The scholarship is an annual national competition that goes to a student  in the United States who best exemplifies Dr. King's belief that progress  should be achieved through cooperation rather than conflict, participation  rather than partisanship, and compassion and understanding rather than hatred  or conflict. Sherie will be awarded the scholarship in January, 2014 at the  ACA's winter conference.

Sherie has been a member of ACA/ICA for over five years. As an undergraduate, she single-handedly established a student chapter of  the American  Correctional Association at the University of Illinois/Chicago in 2008, and  was chapter's first president. She was
instrumental in making the UIC chapter the largest and most dynamic student  chapter in the country. The activities she organized centered on community involvement an mentoring at-risk juveniles, and she was an emphatic advocate  for promoting social justice in as a way of life, both at UIC and in the community.

At UIC, Sherie's studies focused on the  relationship between poverty and the impact it has on juveniles.  After graduation from UIC,  she received a highly competitive internship in the Illinois House of Representatives, where she was eventually given a
full-time position. Both her personal and professional experiences in the House made her realize that, to fight injustice, she would need a stronger background.  Realizing that her career goals would be best served by continuing her education, Sherie enrolled in graduate school at Northwestern University, and continues her efforts as a bridge-builder between diverse cultural and ethnic groups.

Sherie will use the scholarship as she works toward completion of her graduate degree. After graduation, she intends to pursue a career in public service, working especially with the disadvantaged.

The ICA congratulates Sherie for this prestigious honor, and we know that  it will encourage and motivate other Illinois students as they pursue careers in criminal justice.

CAMA Accreditation Manager of the Year

Lieutenant Mike Lukas is the Accreditation Manager for the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office in Woodstock, Illinois and the 2013 CAMA Accreditation Manager of the year.

Lieutenant Lukas

Lieutenant Lukas

Mike’s daily responsibilities include not only ACA Accreditation, but he also assists in yearly audits conducted by Immigration and US Marshals for detainees and inmates being held on a contract basis by his department. Every auditor and inspector that comes through the facility has great things to say about the department’s compliance to their standards and the professionalism displayed by the staff. They all make special recognition and compliment Mike’s vast knowledge and assistance while conducting their review. Mike works tirelessly to ensure that policies and procedures are up to date and disseminated to staff. He is often found in his office after hours “just finishing up one more thing”. Mike believes in and is committed to the accreditation process. He recently earned the Certified Corrections Manager designation through the American Correctional Association. Mike also chairs the Standards Committee for the Illinois Correctional Association.

One of the most impressive things about Mike is his willingness to help out others who ask for assistance or advice. Whether it be responding to an inquiry on a listserv or an individual request from someone outside the agency, Mike will drop everything he is doing to make sure the request is handled and the individual gets what they need. Mike doesn’t keep any secrets when it comes to his role as Accreditation Manager and loves to talk shop with anyone who will listen. Everyone who has had the pleasure of interacting with Mike will agree that he epitomizes a professional dedicated to their craft, which is why he is being recognized through CAMA as the 2013 Accreditation Manager of the Year.

Congratulations to the DuPage County Jail!

DuPage County Jail Earns ACA Reaccreditation

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Sheriff John E. Zaruba announced today that the DuPage County Correctional Facility has once again earned accredited status from the American Correctional Association (ACA) this past weekend in National Harbor, Maryland, when members of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office accepted the formal award of reaccreditation.

In June, a team of three assessors from ACA spent three days at the Sheriff’s Office examining the jail’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Upon completion of their inspection, the assessment team indicated that the Sheriff's Office met 100 % compliance of mandatory and non-mandatory standards. Verification by the team that the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of professional excellence.

 “My congratulations to all of the men and women in our Corrections Bureau who work hard on a daily basis to ensure that this jail can be held up as one of the finest in the nation,” Sheriff Zaruba stated. “The people of DuPage County should be proud that their jail has once again been recognized as complying with national standards that ensure we strike the proper balance between protecting the public, and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health, and safety of both our staff and offenders,” he continued.

Agencies wishing to retain accredited status must complete the accreditation process every three years.  During the three-year period, the agency must submit annual reports attesting to the continued compliance with accreditation standards. The DuPage County’s Jail has been accredited since 1986.