January 28, 2016
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TALLAHASSEE - Today, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) highlights the accreditation of all correctional facilities in Florida by the American Correctional Association (ACA). In August 2015, Dade Correctional Institution (C.I.) was audited and subsequently recommended for accreditation with a total compliance score of 97.79 percent. With Dade C.I. earning accreditation this week, all FDC correctional facilities now meet the rigorous standards set by the ACA.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “Our state continues to move in the right direction and the Florida Department of Corrections is no exception. I am proud of the hard work and commitment to excellence shown by our members at Dade C.I., and all of our facilities, in achieving and maintaining this status. ACA accreditation is a gold standard that ensures that our institutions are utilizing best management practices with an emphasis on operating safely and securely.”
To maintain accreditation, each institution is audited every three years by the ACA. The standards reviewed during the audit include numerous expectations related to the appropriate management of correctional facilities such as, security requirements, sanitation, health and safety, food service and more. Compliance represents excellent management practices and reflects the hard work of staff, as well as our commitment to maintaining safe and secure living conditions for those in our care and custody.
The standards created and refined by the American Correctional Association represent correctional practices that ensure staff and inmate safety and security; enhance staff morale; improve record maintenance and data management capabilities; assist in protecting the agency against litigation; and improve the function of the facility or agency at all levels.
To learn more about the American Correctional Association and the accreditation process, please visit http://bit.ly/1nBbLgG.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.