2016 Conference

Dear Deputy, Associate, and Assistant Wardens,

Please join us for our 71st annual United States Deputy Wardens Association conference in IOWA!  The conference will be hosted at the Marriott in West Des Moines, Iowa, July 11‑13, 2015. 

This year’s conference is going to be AWESOME!  We have a number of great training opportunities that are cutting edge in corrections.  We will show case the Statewide Recidivism Reduction Initiative grant that Iowa received, highlight the new maximum security prison in Ft. Madison and the expansion of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women.  We will examine current issues by providing sessions on: Hostage Negotiations, Apprenticeship Programs, Restrictive Housing, Corrections Fatigue, Hospice and Offender Kiosk Systems.  We will also look at several collaborative efforts within the Iowa Department of Corrections.

The Unites States Deputy Wardens Association (USDWA) is the only professional organization focused on the nation’s Deputy, Associate, and Assistant Wardens.  As one of the oldest correctional associations, great importance is placed on the exchange of ideas, best practices in corrections work, and the camaraderie among members.  Such an atmosphere fosters the positive development of the organization and its members, both professionally and personally, so we can serve the public and our agencies in the most professional manner.  It is our hope the 71st annual USDWA conference will be a catalyst for such growth.

In addition to promoting professional and personal growth, the USDWA places a high priority on family and strives to include family members in the conference experience.  We do this by scheduling events for members’ spouses and children to create a conference the whole family will enjoy.  We will enjoy an all Iowa dinner at the Living History Farms, water parks, Blank Park Zoo, shopping and many, many more fun filled activities!

For those of you who have participated in past conferences, we hope you attend this year and we encourage you to share your experiences with others who may be interested in becoming a USDWA member.  For those who have not yet attended, we hope the value placed on professionalism and family will inspire you to join us at this year’s conference.  We look forward to seeing all of you, your families, and corrections professionals from across the country during the week of July 10th in Iowa!


Jill Dursky, President

United States Deputy Wardens Association