For Immediate Release
May 19, 2000
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TALLAHASSEE - Secretary of Corrections Michael Moore congratulated community corrections staff today for passing the tri-annual American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation audit statewide.
The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) currently supervises over 150,000 offenders in the community at 160 community corrections offices throughout the state. It is the goal of community corrections to ensure offender compliance with the orders of the sentencing or releasing authority.
Increased standards for supervision provide for the enhanced safety of the community. "The results of this audit are a testament to our employees," said Secretary Moore. "Their commitment to the people of Florida makes it possible to fulfill our number one mission - public safety."
The Legislature acknowledged the dedication of community corrections employees earlier this year by including special-risk retirement benefits for correctional probation officers (CPOs) in the FY 2000-2001 budget. Governor Jeb Bush recognized the importance of special-risk retirement, which had been sought by CPOs for nearly two decades, by including it in his budget request this year. Auditors noted statewide consistency in community corrections operations due to DOC reorganization implemented over the past year.
ACA standards are the national benchmark for the effective operation of correctional systems throughout the United States. The purpose of the audit is to measure the agency's operation against the standards, based on written documentation, observations, and interviews. Standards reflect practical, up-to-date policies and procedures that safeguard the life, health, and safety of staff and offenders. For more information about standards and accreditation, please visit the ACA web site at www.corrections.com/aca.