Byline: By Bethany Davis
News Category: General News
The American Correctional Association (ACA) recently held its 146th Congress of Corrections in Boston, Mass. from August 5-10. The conference presents an opportunity for thousands of corrections professionals from across the country to network and learn about industry trends in security and operations. It is also the time when ACA awards accreditation to both public and private correctional institutions.
This year, eight CCA facilities earned reaccreditation at the event when they appeared before the Commission on Accreditation panel. The newly reaccredited facilities are:
- Adams County Correctional Center
- Florence Correctional Center
- Houston Processing Center
- Jenkins Correctional Center
- Lake City Correctional Facility
- McRae Correctional Facility
- Northeast Ohio Correctional Center
- Torrance County Detention Facility
Houston scored 99.5 percent and had three consecutive 100 percent scores prior to 2016. McRae scored an impressive 99.8 percent. Florence earned an equally impressive 99.0 percent, as did Northeast Ohio. Adams, Jenkins, Lake City and Torrance each scored 100 on both mandatory and non-mandatory compliance measures. Additionally, Jenkins has two consecutive 100 percent audit scores to its credit, along with Lake City and Adams.
"With 100 percent compliance with more than 475 mandatory and non-mandatory standards, the credit for this outstanding achievement belongs to the tremendous staff at Adams," said David Berkebile, warden at Adams. "They are dedicated and effective corrections professionals, and work hard on behalf of the community, our government partner and the people in our care."
Accreditation is a rigorous three-year process that culminates in an extensive ACA audit. Auditors work on-site for several days, examining documentation and touring every part of the facility. Up to 100 staff members and inmates are interviewed to give auditors an impression of facility operations.
"ACA accreditation is the industry standard and we salute these facilities for the hard work they've put into this process," said Harley Lappin, CCA executive vice president and chief corrections officer. "We are proud of each team represented and recognize their dedication to the pursuit of excellence."
CCA maintains a 99.4 percent average among its 43 ACA-accredited facilities.
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