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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
September 7, 2011
For More Information
Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Communications Director
(850) 488-0420

Prisons, Work Release Facilities Receive Re-Accreditation

TALLAHASSEE -- Four Florida prisons and two 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.

“The citizens of the State of Florida can be extremely proud of this accomplishment and can rest assured that the highest level of public safety is being maintained at these and all of the correctional facilities of the Florida Department of Corrections. As Secretary of this agency I would personally like to thank and congratulate the individuals at these institutions for a job well done,” said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker.

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:

  • Dade Correctional Institution
  • Hernando Correctional Institution
  • Homestead Correctional Institution
  • Lake 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:

  • Bartow Work Release Center
  • St. Petersburg Work Release Center

These most recent re-accreditations were announced by the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections at the ACA Congress of Corrections in Kissimmee, Florida on August 6, 2011.

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

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