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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
February 8, 2011
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Prisons, Work Release Facilities Receive Re-Accreditation

TALLAHASSEE -- Six Florida prisons and six work release centers operated by the Florida Department of Corrections were were recently re-accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). 

ACA accreditation standards are the national benchmark for the effective operation of correctional systems throughout the United States, and Florida prisons, work release centers and probation and parole facilities consistently pass accreditation standards with marks in the high 90s.

“Accreditation is validation of the professionalism and excellence with which our employees conduct themselves and operate our prison system, regardless of the economic climate and the day-to-day stresses of the prison environment,” said Interim Corrections Secretary Walter McNeil.

Some of the areas reviewed during the accreditation process include security, health services, chaplaincy, food services, segregation, mail and visiting.  The facilities are reviewed to see how well they are complying with established ACA standards that represent the highest level of correctional practices.

The latest prison facilities to receive re-accreditation are:

Okaloosa Correctional Institution
Putnam Correctional Institution
Taylor Correctional Institution
Tomoka Correctional Institution
Union Correctional Institution
Walton Correctional Institution

These work release facilities, where lower custody, soon-to-be-released inmates reside at night while they work in the community during the day, also received re-accreditation:

Cocoa Work Release Center
Dinsmore Work Release Center
Ft. Pierce Work Release Center
Kissimmee Work Release Center
Orlando Work Release Center
Tallahassee Work Release Center

These most recent accreditations were announced by the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections at the American Correctional Association Winter Conference in San Antonio, Texas on January 29, 2011.

For more information, contact Communications Director Gretl Plessinger at (850) 488-0420.

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