Posted On: November 15, 2019
Guiding Volusia County Corrections for the past three years with equal measure of passion, compassion and innovation, Director Mark Flowers has been officially recertified as a professional corrections executive. Flowers was recertified earlier this month as a certified corrections executive (CCE) by the American Correctional Association (ACA).
To become recertified, Flowers was required to complete a minimum of 100 continuing education hours. Certified CCEs not only are expected to uphold the highest of standards in their workplace, but they also help progress and advance the entire corrections profession through activities like publishing articles on industry standards and best practices and participating in corrections-related study groups.
“Recertified CCEs help raise the level of professionalism in the corrections field by advancing the overall knowledge level of practitioners and helping to ensure that they are aware of the most current practices and innovative approaches,” the ACA said in a statement.
Flowers has worked in the corrections field for approximately 36 years. Prior to coming to Volusia County, he served as director of prisons for the Colorado Department of Corrections, director of detention for the Immigration Centers of America, and associate warden for the Virginia Department of Corrections. He also worked in the corrections field in the U.S. Army. Flowers joined Volusia County in May 2014. Since becoming corrections director three years ago, he has greatly expanded inmate work programs and championed vocational opportunities such as gardening, construction, landscaping and welding to provide positive outlets that instill job skills and help rehabilitate inmates and prepare them for life after release.
“I use my certification and the expertise that comes with it as a road map to ensuring the organizations I am involved with operate a safe, secure and humane institutional setting for those who are incarcerated,” said Flowers.
Flowers has been a certified corrections executive since 2007 and was one of the first 240 corrections officers in the country to earn the prestigious professional designation from ACA. His recent recertification is valid for another three years. Currently, there are fewer than 400 ACA-certified corrections executives in the United States. Founded in 1870 as the National Prison Association, ACA is the oldest association developed specifically for practitioners in the correctional profession.