CCA Earns 2009 Systemwide ACA Accreditation Score of 99.4%

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CCA earns high ratings in annual American Correctional Association round-up, exceeds last year's average

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Earning accreditation from ACA, the leading national correctional organization, demonstrates CCA's commitment to quality that now spans more than 25 years

Nashville, Tenn. (Vocus) Fourteen correctional facilities operated by CCA were successfully audited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) in 2009, resulting in re-accreditation of 13 facilities and the first-ever accreditation of another CCA correctional center.

“Earning accreditation from ACA, the leading national correctional organization, demonstrates CCA’s 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.

Three CCA facilities achieved a perfect score of 100 percent in 2009: Crowley County Correctional Facility (Olney Springs, Colo.), Kit Carson Correctional Center (Burlington, Colo.) and New Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility (Grants, N.M.). To date, more than 90 percent of CCA facilities have earned ACA accreditation.

“It’s extremely challenging to obtain a perfect rating on an ACA accreditation audit,” said Don Murray, CCA managing director, Quality Assurance. “It requires a consistent, concentrated focus on the part of all facility staff.”

With an average accreditation score of 99.4 percent last year – up from 99.2 percent in 2008 –
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.

“We’re fortunate to have outstanding employees who are committed to the ongoing preparation process for ACA audits,” said Rick Seiter, CCA executive vice president and chief corrections officer. “We’re all very proud of these facilities’ accomplishments.”

Twenty CCA facilities, including two seeking first-time accreditation (Adams County Correctional Center in Natchez, Miss., and North Georgia Detention Center in Gainesville, Ga.), are scheduled to undergo ACA audits in 2010. On-site accreditation audits occur once every three years through a three-day process, in which ACA officials 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.

To view a complete list of the CCA facilities that were accredited and reaccredited in 2009, with scores, please visit the company’s online newsroom at http://www.correctionscorp.com .

About CCA
CCA is the nation’s largest provider of partnership corrections to federal, state and local government, operating 65 facilities, including 44 company-owned facilities, with approximately 87,000 beds, in 19 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to providing the residential services for inmates, CCA facilities offer rehabilitation and educational programs, including education, vocation, religious services, life skills and employment training and substance abuse treatment. For more, visit http://www.correctionscorp.com and http://www.ccacommunities.com.

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