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Mass. Commissioner to lead ACA
By Jim Montalto, News Editor
Published: 08/27/2008

In front of the crowd Massachusetts Department of Correction Commissioner, Harold W. Clarke, has been elected the American Correctional Association’s new president. The ACA’s 22,300 members voted Clarke into the two-term position at the organization’s 138th Congress held in August in New Orleans, Louisiana.

"I am honored to have been chosen by my peers to serve as President of the ACA,” Clarke says. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Massachusetts to influence the future of corrections in the United States and abroad.”

Clarke, who became MADOC commissioner last November, was chosen to help the ACA bring cohesiveness to the numerous voices and various coalitions of the corrections industry.

In addition to his current position, he was president of the Association of State Correctional Administrators, a National Institute of Corrections faculty member, and a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice. Clarke also represented the NIC in several states, including the corrections department in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.


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