Opelika, Ala. – The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles and Alabama Department of Corrections kicked off the 2021 Executive Leadership Conference yesterday. This interagency event began with an address from ABPP Director Cam Ward and ADOC Commissioner Jefferson Dunn.
House District 83 Representative Jeremy Gray also welcomed ADOC and ABPP to the Opelika area.
Ward and Dunn shared their vision for a stronger partnership that establishes a clear path for their role in public safety and rehabilitation. Dunn said, “Working together is how we will find success together.”
Ward encouraged the attendees with a reminder of how their jobs change lives every day. “I think this newfound collaboration between the Bureau of Pardons and Paroles and Department of Corrections is a good thing for our state. It gives us the potential to do great things for so many people in the state of Alabama,” said Ward.
Day one featured Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections Anne L. Precythe, who shared a message about the importance of work culture, agency collaboration and community relationships. She explained how these components empower public safety and rehabilitation.
Attendees also enjoyed a panel discussion between Ward, Dunn, Ingram State Technical College Dean of Instruction Dr. William “Butch” Young, and Alabama Department of Mental Health Director of Substance Abuse Treatment Services Nicole Walden, as well as a presentation from President of Correctional Consulting Services, LLC Larry Reid.
Dr. Royce H. “Hank” Dasinger, Dean of the Community College of the Air Force at Maxwell AFB Gunter Annex, is the keynote speaker for today’s activities.
The conference will also have presentations from Alabama Attorney General’s Office Civil Division Chief Tara Hetzel, ADOC General Counsel Carrie McCollum, and Troy University Professional Development Instructor and Consultant Michael Jackson.
The Bureau and ADOC thank each guest speaker for being a part of the event. Also, special thanks to ABPP and ADOC executive staff members for attending. The Bureau is honored to work alongside ADOC for the future of public safety and rehabilitation in Alabama communities.