January 23, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE – Twelve prisons and a work release center operated by the Florida Department of Corrections (DC) were re-accrediated by the American Correctional Association (ACA) yesterday (January 23, 2012) at the 2012 ACA Winter Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
In addition, a DC employee who died in the line of duty was also honored for his bravery by the ACA with their Medal of Valor.
Florida Department of Corrections Deputy Secretary Mike Crews accepted the accreditation certificates on behalf of the Department, along with a Medal of Valor in memory of Colonel Greg Malloy, who died in the line of duty while working with a DC canine unit tracking a suspected killer in Holmes County on February 2, 2011. The suspect also died in the exchange of gunfire.
“Receiving the Medal of Valor, which recognized the sacrifice of Colonel Malloy, was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I did so on behalf of his wife Donna, daughter Payton and the members of our Department. He is a hero in every sense of the word and the mark he left on our agency will shine brightly forever,” said Deputy Secretary Crews.
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.
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 Re-accrediting of 12 of our institutions and Work Release Center is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of our ACA Coordinator Ray Mulally and our Accreditation Team as well as those members that work in these facilities across the state. This is another major accomplishment for the Department and I was honored to receive these on the Department's behalf,” said Dept. Sect. Crews.
The following facilities were successfully re-accredited yesterday and will retain accreditation for the next three years.
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