2020 Annual Meeting

Your AAR staff continues to work toward holding the Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov. 21-24, 2020. We are aware of the uncertainty and contradictory projections related to the COVID-19 pandemic and with health and safety as a priority, we will continue monitoring the guidance of governments and health experts as we plan and make decisions. Should any changes need to be made related to the 2020 Annual Meeting, we will promptly notify you.

2020 Regional Meetings

Open Registration:

All remaining regional meetings for 2020 have been canceled

Chaplaincy Program: What Attendees Say

AAR-CERP Annual Chaplaincy Conference

Chaplaincy Conference, Atlanta

Comments from Participants

"Don’t believe I’ve ever been to a more valuable session . . . my entire correctional career (nearly 25 yrs)!"
Rev. J. Randy Myers, President, GraceInside (Virginia’s Prison Chaplain Service)

"To meet with Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Pagan scholars was so very helpful."
—Chuck Glenn, Chair, Religion Study Committee, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services

"The level of scholarship was evident and the relevance for my job perfect."
—Mark J. Leonard, then Director, Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services, New York Department of Correctional Services

"Especially grateful for the knowledge that I’m not alone. We’re all facing the same challenges."
—Ron Turner, Director of Religious Services (retired), Tennessee Department of Corrections

"Ability to wrestle with how best to accommodate religious practices in a prison setting was invaluable."
—Ulli Klemm, Administrator, Religion, Volunteer & Recreational Services, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

"Each scholar brought a mastery of the subject. . . . engaged questions with sensitivity and understanding."
—Bruce Fenner, when he was Assistant Chaplain Administrator, Federal Bureau of Prisons

"I only wish all chaplains had the opportunity to be exposed to the scholars and their work."
—Sister Susan van Baalen, then FBOP Chaplain Administrator, and now Executive Director, Prison Outreach Ministry

"It’s extremely beneficial to be able to learn from and share information with other states."
—Kelli West, Religious Practices Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

"My attendance . . . allows me the opportunity to return to my agency with best practices ideas."
—Joe Baldassano, former chair, Religion Study Committee, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services

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