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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nine correctional facilities operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) have been successfully re-accredited by the industry-respected American Correctional Association (ACA), bringing the company’s average accreditation score to 99.3 percent.
“For six consecutive years, our average ACA score has exceeded 99 percent,” said Don Murray, CCA managing director, Quality Assurance. “We are driven to maintain high-caliber operations as the best full-service adult corrections system in the nation.”
Accreditation by the ACA is a “stamp of approval” from the leading national and international authority on correctional standards. Accredited facilities must meet 100 percent of more than 60 mandatory standards and comply with 90 percent of approximately 480 non-mandatory standards; these standards assess administrative and fiscal controls, staff training and development, physical plant, safety and emergency procedures, sanitation, food service, and rules and discipline.
“If this were a report card, our grade would be an unequivocal ‘A’,” said Jan Fuson, CCA quality assurance consulting manager, who has more than 20 years experience in auditing public and private correctional facilities. “Ninety-five percent of CCA’s operating facilities are ACA-accredited, among the highest rates of similarly sized systems.”
The ACA accreditation process is designed to help facilities improve day-to-day operations and develop plans and policies based on proven national standards in corrections.
This year, the nine CCA facilities that have earned re-accreditation are:
• Kit Carson Correctional Center – 100%
• New Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility – 100%
• Diamondback Correctional Facility – 99.8%
• Gadsden Correctional Facility – 99.5%
• Wheeler Correctional Facility – 99.5%
• Coffee Correctional Facility – 99.3%
• Eloy Detention Center – 99.2%
• Citrus County Detention Facility – 98.7%
• Winn Correctional Center – 98.7%
“The quality assurance managers at CCA facilities each day work to ensure compliance with ACA standards,” said Murray. “At each moment during each three-year accreditation cycle, they are at the forefront in helping to ensure the proper performance of this public service.”
The nine reaccredited CCA facilities will be recognized by the ACA’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections at the organization’s 139th Congress of Correction, to be held in Nashville, Tenn., August 7-12. Four CCA facilities – Crowley County Correctional Facility, Delta Correctional Facility, Hernando County Jail and West Tennessee Detention Facility – are scheduled to undergo reaccreditation in the fall. CCA’s most recently opened facility – La Palma Correctional Center – will also be audited for an initial accreditation later this year.
CCA is the nation’s largest owner and operator of privatized correctional and detention facilities and one of the largest prison operators in the United States, behind only the federal government and three states. CCA currently operates 64 facilities, including 44 company-owned facilities, with a total design capacity of approximately 85,000 beds in 19 states and the District of Columbia. CCA specializes in owning, operating and managing prisons and other correctional facilities and providing inmate residential and prisoner transportation services for governmental agencies. CCA facilities offer a variety of rehabilitation and educational programs intended to reduce recidivism and to prepare inmates for successful re-entry into society upon their release. To learn more about CCA, visit the online news site www.insidecca.com.
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