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ASCA awards scholarships to children of IDOC employees 

Josiah Moore-Susan M. Hunter Scholarship recipient
Featured from right are Acting Assistant Warden of Programs at Western Ill. Correctional Center Richard Young, Chief of Operations Eddie Jones, Correctional Officer Joseph Moore, Josiah Moore, Joy Moore, Western Ill. Correctional Center Warden Leonta Jackson and Northern Region Deputy Director Austin Randolph.

SPRINGFIELD – Nov. 5, 2010 – The Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) recently awarded a 2010 Susan M. Hunter Scholarship to children of Illinois Department of Corrections employees.  A $1,000 scholarship was presented to Josiah Moore, son of Correctional Officer Joseph R. Moore at Western Illinois Correctional Center, Clayton Work Camp, and to Brandon Wilson, son of Correctional Lt. Michael D. Wilson at Sheridan Correctional Center.

“As recipients of these scholarships, the Illinois Department of Corrections congratulates Josiah Moore and Brandon Wilson for their academic accomplishments and their aspirations for higher learning,” said IDOC Acting Director Gladyse C. Taylor.  “This is an outstanding achievement for these two recipients, who were among 31 recipients throughout the U.S. who were awarded this scholarship.”

According to the ACSA, more than 800 applicants for the scholarship were received.  In a letter to the recipients, ASCA also commended Josiah Moore and Brandon Wilson on their superior academic work and desire to pursue higher education.  The scholarship is named for Susan M. Hunter, former chief of the Prisons Division of the National Institute of Corrections, who died in 2003.  ASCA named this scholarship on her behalf as a lasting tribute to her commitment, insight, energy and enthusiasm for the field of corrections.  Hunter was a seasoned administrator, a mentor to many corrections professionals and an advocate for constructive change.

IDOC operates 27 prisons throughout Illinois in addition to work camps, boot camps and adult transition centers.  The agency is committed to operating a safe and secure prison system as well as enhancing prison-based treatment, prevention programs and the successful reentry of inmates into society which will lead to lowering recidivism rates.

ASCA began originally in 1970 as a group of prison directors who shared issues with one another during the annual American Correctional Association meetings.  The Association (ASCA) was formally organized, staffed, and incorporated as a New York State not-for-profit corporation in 1985.

Brandon Wilson-Susan M. Hunter Scholarship recipient
Featured from right are Chief of Operations Eddie Jones, Correctional Lt. Michael D. Wilson accepting the award on behalf of his son Brandon, Sheridan Correctional Center Warden Kenneth Osborne and Northern Region Deputy Director Austin Randolph.