Being accredited by this leading national and international correctional organization is a testament to CCA's systemwide commitment to quality that now spans more than 25 years
Nashville, TN (Vocus) January 12, 2009 -–
Twenty-five correctional facilities operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest corrections management provider to federal, state and local government, were successfully accredited for the first time or reaccredited by the industry-respected American Correctional Association (ACA) in 2008.
With an average accreditation score of 99.1%, CCA maintained a quality performance rating that was measured against the ACA’s high operational standards in a rigorous evaluation process. The organization assessed CCA’s employee training, facility safety and security and other operational and administrative practices.
“Being accredited by this leading national and international correctional organization is a testament to CCA’s systemwide commitment to quality that now spans more than 25 years,” said Gus Puryear, CCA executive vice president and general counsel, who oversees the company’s quality assurance division.
Ninety percent of the company’s 64 facilities have earned this distinction. Three facilities – Lee Adjustment Center (Beattyville, Ky.) Red Rock Correctional Center and Saguaro Correctional Center (both in Eloy, Ariz.) – achieved especially notable accreditation scores of 100 percent last year.
“Obtaining a perfect rating on an ACA accreditation audit is very difficult,” said Jan Fuson, CCA consultant for ACA affairs. “It requires a daily commitment and a consistent, concentrated focus on the part of all facility staff.”
Fourteen CCA facilities, including one seeking first-time accreditation (La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, Ariz.), are scheduled to undergo ACA audits in 2009. On-site accreditation audits occur once every three years through a three-day process, in which three corrections professionals representing ACA examine facility operations through documentation review and observation. In order to achieve accreditation, a facility must meet 100 percent of more than 60 mandatory standards and comply with 90 percent of approximately 480 non-mandatory standards.
“Driven by a vision to be the best full-service adult corrections system in the nation, CCA will continue providing the utmost in responsive and anticipatory correctional services,” said Don Murray, CCA managing director, Quality Assurance. “Correctional needs are customized and sometimes complex; that we can provide proven services with the ACA’s respected stamp of approval extends added assurance to the local, state and federal agencies that partner with us.”
CCA is the founder and industry leader of the private corrections management industry, representing the nation’s fifth-largest corrections system, behind the federal government and three states. CCA currently operates 64 facilities, including 42 that are company-owned, with a total design capacity of approximately 81,000 beds in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with nearly 17,000 employees who provide comprehensive educational, vocational, therapeutic and addictions treatment programs intended to prepare inmates for successful re-integration with society.