CCA Reports High ACA Accreditation Scores at Mid-Year Mark

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Five correctional facilities operated by CCA have been successfully recommended for re-accreditation by the industry-respected American Correctional Association (ACA), maintaining the company’s average accreditation score of 99.3 percent, which is consistent with last year’s average.

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When correctional facilities successfully achieve accreditation, it indicates that they are operating according to the highest level professionally and operationally.

Five correctional facilities operated by CCA have been successfully recommended for re-accreditation by the industry-respected American Correctional Association (ACA), maintaining the company’s average accreditation score of 99.3 percent, which is consistent with last year’s average.

“For seven consecutive years, our average ACA score has exceeded 99 percent,” said Don Murray, CCA managing director, Quality Assurance. “We are fully committed to maintaining excellent 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.

“Every aspect of correctional operations is thoroughly measured, screened and appraised during an ACA audit. When correctional facilities successfully achieve accreditation, it indicates that they are operating according to the highest level professionally and operationally," said Steve Groom, CCA executive vice president and general counsel. “Currently, 93.4 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 five CCA facilities that have been recommended for re-accreditation by ACA’s visiting committees are:

  •     Marion Adjustment Center – 100%
  •     McRae Correctional Facility – 100%
  •     Crossroads Correctional Center – 99.8%
  •     Lake City Correctional Facility – 99.7%
  •     Northeast Ohio Correctional Center – 99.5%

“The quality assurance managers at CCA facilities work daily to ensure compliance with ACA standards,” said Murray. “Throughout each three-year accreditation cycle, they are at the forefront in helping to ensure the proper performance of this public service.”

The five reaccredited CCA facilities will be recognized by the ACA’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections at the organization’s 140th Congress of Correction, to be held in Chicago, Ill., from July 30-August 4, 2010. Two of CCA’s newest facilities – Adams County Correctional Center and North Georgia Detention Center – will be audited for initial accreditation this fall, and 15 other CCA facilities will be audited for re-accreditation during the summer and fall.

About CCA
CCA is the nation’s largest provider of partnership corrections to federal, state and local government, operating more than 60 facilities, including more than 40 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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