Dear Deputy, Associate, and Assistant Wardens,
We are currently planning our 69th annual United States Deputy Warden’s Association Conference. The conference will be hosted in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, at the Hollywood Hotel (866-758-2597) on July 27 – August 1, 2014. Vibrant, beautiful beaches, and the inspiring environment of Bay St. Louis, adjacent to Biloxi, will provide a magnificent backdrop for the conference, as well as for the many exciting family-friendly events we have planned. Room rates are $89 per night.
The United States Deputy Warden’s Association (USDWA) is the only professional organization oriented exclusively to this nation’s community of Deputy Wardens. As on one the oldest correctional organizations in existence, great importance is placed on the exchange of ideas between facilities, the consideration of new trends and approaches to correctional work, and the camaraderie between members that this conference allows. We believe it is such an atmosphere that will allow this organization and its members to grow, both professionally and personally, in order for us to impact our professional community in the most positive way. It is our hope that the 69th annual United States Deputy Warden’s Association Conference will be a catalyst for such growth.
The organization’s yearly conference includes training sessions by professional trainers. Scheduled activities also include tours of institutions, workshops covering issues of employee retention, technology, PREA, contraband management, treatment, and security issues. As always, the conference will also provide excellent networking opportunities allowing us to share successes and learn new ideas.
In addition to fostering a sense of professional and organizational development, the USDWA also places the family as a high priority and strives to include all members of the family in the conference experience. We do this by scheduling events specifically for members’ spouses and children.
For those of you who have participated in past events, I encourage you to share your experience with others who may be interested in becoming a member. For those who have not yet attended, it is our hope that the value placed on family and professionalism will inspire you to consider joining us this year to experience our conference for yourself.
We are looking forward to seeing many senior management correctional professionals and their families from all across America during the week of July 27, 2014, in the beautiful city of Bay St. Louis.
Theresa Seabrook, President
United States Deputy’s Warden Association