Department of Corrections
Prison Receives Near Perfect Score in National Re-Accreditation Audit
Frankfort, Ky. (April 23, 2009) – Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women (KCIW) received a near perfect score during its re-accreditation process this week with the American Correctional Association (ACA). The prison received a total score of 99.8 percent on their audit, the highest score the institution has ever received.
The head of the audit team praised the facility for receiving such a high score and said the team could tell KCIW was a very good institution because of the pride and professionalism demonstrated by staff during the three-day audit. Audit team members also noted there were very few complaints by inmates, which is also a reflection of the quality of the prison and its staff.
Commissioner LaDonna Thompson attended the exit interview, the final stage of the audit process where auditors present their findings, and congratulated the KCIW employees.
“Managing a female inmate population is difficult, but this institution does an excellent job on a day-to-day basis and not just during the audit period,” said Thompson. “The professionalism and pride of the staff at KCIW is evident and I had no doubt that the institution would do very well during the audit.”
KCIW has been accredited since 1983. The prison will receive its re-accreditation award during ACA’s summer conference in Nashville. ACA consists of over 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.