43rd Annual Maryland Correctional Administrators Association Conference

The Challenge of Change

June 3-5, 2018

The MCAA Annual Conference brings public safety professionals, from various disciplines, together to network and learn about issues that play a significant role in the criminal justice field.  In addition to the training provided, during an awards banquet, MCAA honors correctional officers and civilian employees that exhibited outstanding and dedicated performance.  Conference information, registration and agenda are below.

Conference Registration Form must be submitted with credit card authorization, check or money order (no cash)  payable to “Maryland Correctional Administrators Association” by May 15th and forwarded to:  MCAA, c/o Laura DeNeale, St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center,  41880 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650.  Note that registrations postmarked after May 15th are subject to increased meal and ticket prices and fees.    One Day Registration is also available.  Click here to register.  Questions should be directed to Ms. DeNeale by calling 301-475-4200 ext. 2215.

Clarion Hotel Reservation Form should be sent directly to the Clarion by May 5th to ensure your accommodations.  A limited number of rooms will be available on Saturday night at the conference rate; so book your rooms early.  Click here to obtain hotel reservation information and form.

Golf Registration Form must be submitted with credit card authorization, check or ACH Transfer by April 30th.  Click here to obtain golf tournament registration information.  Questions regarding the Golf Tournament should be directed to the Tournament Chairman:  T.D. Reece, Calvert County Detention Center, 410-535-4300 ext. 8902 or email reecetd@co.cal.md.us 

Vendors for Exhibitor information and registration click here and for the Clarion Exhibitor Service Order Form click here.

Employee of the Year Award reservations will be made by the Conference Committee.   The grant awards includes a two -night stay (Sunday and Monday only); a full conference registration to include one guest ticket for the Awards Banquet (Sunday night) and Feast Buffet (Monday night) and an award presented at the banquet.    Any facility submitting more than one Employee of the Year to be recognized will be responsible for the entire cost associated with the individual’s registration, award and tickets and will need to make his/her room reservations at the Clarion.  When returning submissions, please indicate which employee is being paid for by MCAA and which employee is being paid by the agency.  

Please read the information below on registering an Employee of the Year and submit via email no later than April 1st to Melinda Grenier at mgrenier@frederickcountymd.gov   Click here to obtain Employee of the Year registration and information.

Please ensure to submit all necessary registration and forms:

  1. Complete Employee/Officer of the Year registration.
  2. Provide a narrative in PDF format on agency letterhead, signed by the Warden/Administrator.  One page limit.  If you choose a letter format, please address it to the MCAA President.  NOTE:  Your letter will be placed in the program just like it is received.  
  3. Photograph in JPEG format of the Employee of the Year for the slideshow shown at the Awards Banquet.  Picture will be used in program and slide show.


Saturday, June 2

8:30 am                                                MCAA  Golf Tournament

                                                                  Registration begins 7:30 am; Shotgun Tee-Off at 8:30 am

4:00 pm – 2:00 am                         Hospitality Suite Opens – Room 317


Sunday, June 3

10:00 am – 4:00 pm                       Vendor Registration and Set-Up/Conference Center Lobby

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm                       Participant Registration/Conference Center Lobby

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm                          Employee of Year / New Participant Orientation – Room 317

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm                         Reception in Vendor Area

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm                          Employee/Officer of the Year Photos with Wardens/Directors outside                                                                      main Banquet Hall

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm                         MCAA Annual Awards Banquet (Admission Ticket Required)

                                                                  Recognition of Employees of the Year                                                                    

                                                                  President’s Awards

                                                                  DeWitt Award Presentation                                                                  

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm                     President’s Reception & Dessert – Vendor Area

11:00 pm –  2:00 am                     Hospitality Suite Open – Room 317


Monday, June 4

8:30 am – 9:00 am                        Conference Attendee – Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:00 pm                    Workshop

The Rehabilitative Mindset:

 This program will explain what skills prisoners need to be truly rehabilitated​, including growing empathy, setting goals, and celebrating achievements. The program will be taught by Georgetown Law Professor Shon Hopwood who served almost eleven years in federal prison.  (Recently interviewed on 60 minutes)

10:00 am –  1:00 pm                     Vendor Hall Open

11:00 am – 12:30 pm                    Vendor Door Prizes will be given away approximately every 15                                                                                      minutes based on number of door prizes provided.  You must be                                                                                    a conference attendee and present to win.

11:30 am –  1:00 pm                     Light Lunch for Conference/Vendor Attendees – Vendor Area

1:00 pm                                                Vendor Area Closed/Breakdown

1:00 pm –  3:00 pm                        Workshop 


Psychologist Dr. Ann Kaiser Stearns, a popular and well-known author, will talk about resiliency, what it is and its importance to those of us working in the public safety arena.  She will also discuss the small and large losses that we experience on a regular basis and how we adapt to these both professionally and personally. You will leave this session with vital tools to use both at work and home.

3:00 pm –   4:30 pm                        MCAA Executive Board Meeting – Room 317

5:30 pm –  7:30 pm                        Seafood Buffet – Banquet Hall (Admission Ticket Required)

8:00 pm –  2:00 am                         Hospitality Suite Open – Room 317

Tuesday,  June 5

8:30 am – 9:00 am                           Conference Attendee Networking and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 11:00 am                      Workshop 

Prosecution of Corruption in Jails and Prisons:

Detective Captain Bill Sage of the DPSCS Intelligence and Investigative Division will present a general overview on the benefits of prison intelligence and how it seeks to identify threats, used to link criminal subjects, foster coordinated investigations, and provide de-confliction information. . This presentation will also discuss how prison intelligence can be used to enhance institutional & staff safety, provide staff with important intelligence for tactical, investigative, and strategic decision making.

Mr. Joseph Wheatley, Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will present on state and federal law enforcement agencies that have prosecuted jail-based and prison-based corruption around the country. This presentation will survey prosecutions of such corruption and the types of evidence used to prove the crimes charged. The examples will draw from cases in various states, including Maryland, New York, Georgia, and California.

11:00 am – 11:30 am                      MCAA Conference Prize Giveaways – Meeting Room

                                                                    Must be MCAA Member or Employee of the Year and Present to Win

11:30 am                                               End of Conference