Over one hundred corrections professionals from throughout Southern Minnesota returned to the classroom at the Rasmussen College Mankato campus on March 29, 2012 to sharpen their skills at the MCA Spring Workshop offerings.
The speaker was Anna McLafferty, MPP, Criminal Justice Director. Anna leads NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Minnesota, and Working with People with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Kari Fletcher, who works for the Adoption Support Network of Minnesota, which provides consultation to adoptive parents, also spoke at the workshop. She previously served as a trainer and local resource for families in the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS).
Twenty-one of the participants were students from Rasmussen College’s criminal justice programs. MCA encourages student participation as a method to expand their knowledge beyond the traditional textbook, and to better prepare them for the challenging careers they are pursuing.
Founded in 1933, The Minnesota Corrections Association (MCA) is an association serving corrections professionals throughout the state of Minnesota. The MCA believes that as an integral part of the criminal justice system, along with law enforcement and the courts, the mission of corrections is to protect the public interest and safety. This is done by:
- Assisting the court and paroling authority in decision-making and the enforcement of their orders.
- Providing services and programs that afford opportunities of offenders to become law-abiding.
- Furthering the administration of fair, humane, and individualized justice.
- Providing support for services and programs which provide aid to victims of crime.
As a service to professional corrections agencies in the state, MCA provides opportunities for training to staff working for these agencies so that they can meet their continuing education requirements. MCA yearly sponsors an annual Fall Conference and a Spring Workshop.