Department of Corrections
Kentucky Division of Probation and Parole Scores 99 Percent in Re-Accreditation Audit
For the second consecutive time, the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) Division of Probation and Parole has received a near perfect score in its re-accreditation audit.
The division received an overall score of 99 percent. Auditors scored the agency 100 percent on the mandatory standard requirements and 99 percent on the non-mandatory requirements of the American Correctional Association (ACA).
Auditors Jo Glazier, correctional consultant, retired New York State Division of Parole, and Linda Hadel, Johnson County, Kansas Community Corrections, announced their audit findings this week to Kentucky DOC officials including Commissioner LaDonna Thompson, Deputy Commissioner Kim Potter-Blair and Division Director Tim Carman.
Probation and parole offices across the Commonwealth, covering three regions of the state, were toured by the audit team. The team spoke with probation and parole officers regarding supervision procedures and operational practices, as well as offenders under probation and parole supervision.
The auditors applauded the division’s re-entry efforts and work with community partnerships. Additionally, auditors commented on the professionalism of Probation and Parole staff, and acknowledged staff’s dedication, communication skills and teamwork.
Glazier, the chair of the team, said the agency’s accreditation history “demonstrated not only a knowledge of the standards…but also a desire to go beyond the minimum requirements of the actual standards to improve your criminal justice agency.”
“I’m extremely pleased with this near-perfect audit score and I know it is the result of a tremendous amount of hard work,” said Commissioner Thompson. “I am also thrilled the auditors praised our re-entry efforts. This is a priority for the Division of Probation and Parole, and the entire Department of Corrections, so it is especially rewarding to have those efforts recognized.”
Director Carman said the successful re-accreditation was the result of an extended effort on the part of all staff and called it “one element in a larger effort to maintain professionalism within the organization.”
“The staff has proven that it can both set and maintain a high level of performance,” said Carman. “Staff members at all levels can be take pride in this as a division-wide effort. Having the auditors note a high level of teamwork within this organization speaks volumes as to what can be accomplished when staff pull together in a common effort. We do not take the challenge to maintain accreditation lightly and realize that our efforts are ongoing. Our confidence in the staff has been proven and that confidence remains for the months and years to come.”
The probation and parole accreditation audit is a multi-faceted examination of every aspect within the division. It consists of more than 220 national standards that cover security, procedures, training, and record-keeping regarding offenders. The audit process requires constant monitoring and quality control checks. The Division is audited by ACA every three years and undergoes an inter-departmental audit every year.