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American Correctional Association Certifies Three California Prisons

Sacramento, Solano and Central California Women’s Facility Consistently Exceeded Requirements Following Rigorous Audit by National Experts
SACRAMENTO – Three California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prisons were certified today by the American Correctional Association (ACA) during the 142nd Congress of Correction in Denver, Colorado.
California State Prison-Sacramento, California State Prison-Solano and Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla were given nearly perfect scores by the ACA, the oldest and largest international correctional association in the world and for more than 135 years has been the recognized expert in establishing measurable standards in prison management and providing certification of correctional facilities.
“This certified accreditation validates our efforts toward reaching the strategic goal of making California safer through correctional excellence,” CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate said. “This is evidence of our compliance with national best practices which will also position us to end expensive federal court oversight of many of our operations.”
CDCR began the process of seeking nationally recognized accreditation from the ACA in late 2010. In April and May 2012, ACA standards compliance audit teams visited the three prisons to conduct comprehensive on-site audits of all aspects of prison operations, including health-care services. The prisons had to comply with 61 mandatory requirements and reach a 90 percent compliance rating in 468 non-mandatory areas.  Some of the areas the ACA audit teams rigorously assessed included management, the physical plant, operations, services, inmate programs, medical services, sanitation, incidents of violence, staff training, and the provision of basic services that can affect the life, safety and health of inmates and staff.
The audits found that all three prisons met all of the mandatory requirements and all three significantly exceeded the 90 percent mark for non-mandatory items. California State Prison-Solano achieved 99 percent, California State Prison-Sacramento achieved 98.6 percent and Central California Women’s Facility achieved 98.16 percent.
CDCR will seek accreditation for all of its facilities. During the next year, Correctional Training Facility, Mule Creek State Prison, Pelican Bay State Prison, High Desert State Prison and Kern Valley State Prison will be audited by the ACA. These five prisons will begin preparation in August 2012 with a formal training visit by an ACA auditor.
“The accreditation of these three prisons, and ultimately all state prisons, will help California regain its place as a national leader in corrections,” said CDCR Undersecretary of Operations Terri McDonald.  “This is a proud day for those prisons and the entire Department.”
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July 23, 2012
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