Members are from all walks of life, all communities, all vocational states of life ... a community of women and men involved in the specialized ministry to the incarcerated, bringing together the best resources and personnel to the task of healing and restoration.
ACCM aims to provide network and collaboration with other professionals and volunteers in the field of criminal justice.
Miniters serve in all Areas of Corrections ... Federal, State, County, Municipal, Private Facilities as well as to those Returning Citizens and their families.
American Catholic Correctional Ministeries is the official Catholic organization which supports and certifies correctional chaplains and is committed to promoting and securing Restorative Justice for victims, offenders, and the community. Restorative Justice is bible based and views crime as affecting victims, offenders, their families and the community at large.
The ACCM offers Certification of Chaplains and Volunteers serving in ministry to the incarcerated.
The ACCM promotes ministry to those currently incarcerated, previously incarcerated, preparing to become a returning citizen, the families of those who are incarcerated or who are Returning Citizens as well as the staff and administrations of correctional facilities.
The ACCM is in collatoration with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), the American Correctional Chaplains Association (ACCA) and is an Affiliate of the American Correctional Association (ACA) as well as being part of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB). ACCM members receive their support and endorsement locally through their diocese and professed religious communities. An increasing number of dioceses have established offices of prison/detention ministry, coordinating and supporting services in their local area. ACCM strongly supports these efforts. The ACCM is associated with the International Commission of Catholic Prison Pastoral Care (ICCPPC) which is headquartered in the Netherlands.