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History of the American Association for Correctional Psychology

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice and Behavior Volume: 32 Issue: 2 Dated: April 2005 Pages: 123-142
Curt R. Bartol; Naomi J. Freeman
Date Published
April 2005
20 pages
This article traces the history of the American Association for Correctional Psychology (AACP) from 1954 to the present.
This article offers a historical look into the beginnings and development of correctional psychology in the United States, including those individuals most influential in that development. The article begins with a discussion of the growth of the AACP, and its various name changes, which was founded in 1953 under the name Society of Correctional Psychologists. This if followed by a discussion of the development of ethics standards for correctional psychologists as well as the development and ratification of AACP bylaws, which were first enacted in 1967. The article continues with a look at the history of AACP publications, which closely parallels the history of the AACP itself. The article includes a discussion of the newsletter Correctional Psychologist and the scholarly journal Criminal Justice and Behavior. An entire list of AACP presidents is also provided. References, 1 table