About SCCA

A Reputed Multidisciplinary Organization

The South Carolina Correctional Association (SCCA) is a multidisciplinary organization consisting of correctional professionals, individual agencies, and organizations involved in all aspects of criminal justice activities. The SCCA was formed in February of 1979 after the Board of Governors of the American Correctional Association instituted a chapter pilot program. This program allowed for dual membership in State Chapters as well as the national organization. The SCCA provides professional development to its members through several workshops and seminars conducted throughout the year and also conducts an annual conference. At these sessions, relevant issues of concern or interest to criminal justice professionals and other interested persons are explored. In addition, members receive quarterly newsletters that provide pertinent information about current events. Association members also participate in a variety of community, social and athletic events that foster open communication and a better understanding by citizens of the issues and challenges being faced by professionals in this field.

The South Carolina Correctional Association (SCCA) is a State Chapter of the American Correctional Association. Membership shall be open to all persons who are interested in and supportive of the association, who subscribe to the Association's Constitution and Bylaws, and who pay annual dues.

The Purpose of the South Carolina Correctional Association is to:

  • Provide a focal point for the identification of interests and concerns of Corrections in South Carolina.
  • Provide an opportunity for active participation in professional development for those employed or interested in Corrections in South Carolina.
  • Provide a forum for the South Carolina correctional community to have a voice in policy issues at the national level.
  • Provide a means for collectively addressing correctional problems as a whole; and draw upon common resources to implement the solutions to these problems for the good of all.
  • Provide a mechanism to actively upgrade and improve the correctional system in South Carolina for both those within the system and the public at large.

The Mission of the South Carolina Correctional Association is to:

  • Promote professionalism and personal improvement in its members;
  • Provide information and forums for the exchange of ideas and opinions to those involved or interested in the fields of institutional or community-based corrections;
  • Promote public awareness of the efforts and issues faced by those engaged in the business of adult and juvenile corrections;
  • Stimulate the creation and encourage the involvement of our association and its members in meaningful juvenile and adult crime prevention endeavors; and
  • Provide opportunities for individuals involved in the broad array of state, local, federal, educational, and non-governmental entities concerned with the business of institutional or community corrections to collaborate and interact for their individual enrichment and benefit South Carolina citizens.

The American Correctional Association

Founded in 1870, the American Correctional Association (ACA) is the oldest and largest international correctional association in the world. ACA serves all disciplines within the corrections profession and is dedicated to excellence in every aspect of the field. From professional development and certification to standards and accreditation, from networking and consulting to research and publications, and from conferences and exhibits to technology and testing, ACA is your resource and the worldwide authority in corrections.

The association strives to positively influence national correctional policy and promote the professional development of individuals working in all aspects of the corrections field. Our primary purpose is to be of service to both the field and its members.

The association provides its members with educational materials, publications, training, seminars, bi-annual conferences, accreditation services, and a variety of other networking opportunities - not to mention Corrections Today magazine and discount programs.

Board of Directors

Lisa Engram
(803) 935-6000
Vice President
Priscilla Pee
(803) 896-9749
Evonne Dreher-Willingham
(803) 896-3000
Immediate Past Pres.
Nena Staley
(803) 896-1995
Dr. Hayden Smith – University of South Carolina
Jails/Detention Centers
Arthur Benjamin – Jasper County Detention Center
Adult Corrections
Karen Rivers – SC Department of Corrections
Juvenile Corrections
Sharonda Sutton – SC Department of Juvenile Justice
(803) 896-2212
Allison Avinger – SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services
(803) 734-2789
Private Sector Prevention/Community Based Programs
Marilyn Yarnell – Alston Wilkes Society
(803) 799-2490
Law Enforcement
Ryan Alphin – SC Law Enforcement Officers’ Association/SC Police Chiefs Association
(803) 781-5913
Dayne Haile, Office of Agency Director, SC Department of Corrections
(803) 896-2555
Chapter Development
Constitution & Bylaws
Kensey E. Barrett, Office of General Counsel, SC Department of Corrections
(803) 896-1943
Crime Development
Fund Raising
Host & Program
(Vice-Pres.) Priscilla Pee, SC Department of Juvenile Justice
(803) 896-9749
Line Officers Appreciation Luncheon
Loretta Bookert, (Retired) and Crystal Brown-Voeltze
(Pres. Elect) Evonne Dreher- WillinghamTenton CI, SC Department of Corrections
(803) 896-3000
Publication / Public Relations
Jessica Edmond
(803) 896-6856
Jessica Edmond
(803) 896-6856
Silent Auction
Women’s Task Force
Tiffany Munn, Alston Wilkes Society
(803) 587-0287