Frequently Asked Questions
What is ACOIN?
The ACOIN is the American Correctional Officer Intelligence Network. We are publically employed and retired correctional officers who realize that the challenges we face are universal, as are many of the solutions. Our goal is to find the best and safest correctional practices and to share that information to make it safer for everyone behind the walls.
Is ACOIN a union?
No, however we work with national, local and independent unions representing public correctional officers from Maine to Alaska. We work with thousands of officers, dozens of unions, fraternal organizations, and associations that support our profession. Many of our union partners use our Intelligence Network to ascertain information on everything from gangs to pay and benefit reports to assault statistics and the latest in training and tactical gear.
Does ACOIN represent correctional officers in grievance hearings or in contract negotiations?
Not directly; when called upon we often assist by providing intel from across the country on grievance issues and collective bargaining. We also provide expert testimony at labor hearings, negotiations, arbitrations and before elected officials and legislative bodies.
Who belongs to ACOIN?
We have thousands of individual Officers and dozens of organizations that support our mission and agenda. If you are a publicly employed corrections professional individual memberships are $10 a month and are tax deductible Our organizational members join by paying either $500 or $1,000 per year based on the size of their organization.
Can private prison guards join ACOIN?
No, as much as we respect and appreciate someone trying to earn a living, private prison put profit before safety. We are one of the nation’s strongest opponents against private prisons and the dungeons for dollars mentality that puts us all at risk.