Department of Corrections
Bell County Forestry Camp Receives Near-Perfect Audit Score
Bell County Forestry Camp in Pineville received a near-perfect audit score on its recent re-accreditation audit with the American Correctional Association (ACA). The prison received a total score of 99.5 percent.
This audit marks the ninth accreditation in the history of the institution. The prison will receive its re-accreditation award in February during ACA’s conference in Tampa, Florida. The prison has been accredited since 1990.
All the auditors, Diane Lee, Jerry Steele and Kaye Harris, were impressed with the cleanliness of the camp, the beautiful setting and the well-maintained grounds. In announcing the audit scores, 99.5 percent on non-mandatory and 100 percent on mandatory standards, ACA Chairperson Diane Lee stated, “There was a professionalism and respect between staff and inmates.” In interviewing inmates throughout the three-day audit, inmates had no complaints about the camp, food service or medical, which the auditors found impressive.
“I am very proud of the staff at the Bell County Forestry Camp,” said Corrections Commissioner LaDonna H. Thompson. “To achieve such a high score takes a great deal of time and effort. It requires a lot of hard work on a daily basis to consistently maintain this level of performance.”
Warden Kathy Litteral thanked the auditors for their diligence and expressed gratitude to BCFC staff in showing its best.
ACA consists of more than 500 national standards that cover security, operational and programming aspects of a prison and require constant monitoring and quality control checks. Each prison is audited by ACA every three years and has an inter-departmental audit (Program Security Review) every year. Kentucky has been a member of ACA since the early 1980s.