The mission of the Virginia Correctional Association (VCA) is to provide information, education, and leadership for members and the community to promote an effective justice system.
The purposes and goals of the Virginia Correctional Association include the following:
- Provide a professional development association of persons, agencies, and organizations, both public and private, who hold in common the goal of improving the corrections profession through education of its members, provision of scholarship support for educational and training activities, and advocating professional standards for the corrections profession.
- Support life-long learning for individuals engaged in or retired from the corrections profession or closely related fields.
- Support laws, policies, and administrative procedures to safeguard the rights of correctional workers, victims, and offenders in the adult and juvenile correctional process.
- Promote recognition of corrections as a profession, and those who work in corrections as professionals, and to ensure the validity of that recognition by encouraging the recruitment and development of professional and highly qualified staff.
- Ensure the representation of minorities, women, and other protected classes in the ranks of corrections professionals and to inform policymakers and the public of the importance of such representation for a safe and effective corrections system.
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with other correctional associations and agencies for mutual assistance and the interchange of ideas and information.
- Foster a professional Code of Ethics that is applicable to all individuals working or volunteering in public and private correctional agencies, institutions, programs and services throughout the corrections profession.
- Promote adherence to professional standards, including accreditation by national organizations, relating to correctional services, facilities and management practices.
- Publicize and interpret current correctional issues to the public in order to obtain understanding, support and participation.
- Encourage the expansion of on and off campus undergraduate and graduate courses, which would prepare individuals for entry into the corrections profession and promote the maintenance and enhancement of the practitioner’s knowledge and skills.
- Conduct or sponsor correctional conferences, congresses, institutes, forums, seminars and other meetings on the state and local level.