November 9, 2011
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Contact: Gretl Plessinger
TALLAHASSEE – Twelve prisons and a work release center operated by the Florida Department of Corrections were recently audited by the American Correctional Association (ACA), and each passed and await their official re-accreditation in January. ACA accreditation standards are the national benchmark for the effective operation of correctional systems throughout the United States, and Florida prisons, work release centers and probation and parole facilities consistently pass accreditation standards with marks in the high 90s.
“Successful accreditation signifies that our facilities are run using the best correctional practices, which translates to improved public safety and maintaining a high level of professionalism in the agency. I would personally like to thank and congratulate the individuals at these institutions for a job well done,” said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker.
Some of the areas reviewed during the accreditation process include security, health services, chaplaincy, food services, segregation, mail and visiting. The facilities are reviewed to see how well they are complying with established ACA standards that represent the highest level of correctional practices.
The following facilities successfully completed their ACA audits during the last three months:
These facilities will have Commission on Accreditation for Corrections Panel Hearings in January, 2012 during the ACA Winter Conference and receive their accreditation for the next three years.
For more information, contact Communications Director Gretl Plessinger at (850) 488-0420.