Department of Corrections
Kentucky State Reformatory Receives Near-Perfect Score in Re-Accreditation Audit
Frankfort, Ky. (September 30, 2009) – Kentucky State Reformatory (KSR) received a near perfect score during its re-accreditation audit this week with the American Correctional Association (ACA). The prison received a total score of 99.7 percent on its audit. This is the highest ACA score achieved by KSR, and has been attained only once before in 2006.
This audit marked the 10th accreditation in the prison’s history. KSR is one of the largest and oldest facilities in Kentucky and it was the first prison in the state to attain national accreditation.
In announcing the audit scores: 99.7% on non-mandatory and 100% on mandatory standards, audit team member Robert Taylor acknowledged KSR’s staff.
“What stands out at this institution is the camaraderie of staff,” said Taylor, a retired Mississippi DOC official. “As a group, this warden is blessed to have this staff.”
Commissioner LaDonna Thompson attended the exit interview, the final stage of the audit process where auditors present their findings, and congratulated KSR employees.
“I am very pleased with the results of the audit,” said Thompson. “A score of almost 100 percent on applicable non-mandatory standards is hard to come by. The age of this facility poses a constant challenge for us in regard to infrastructure so we are obviously quite proud of this result. It also speaks volumes about the staff. It shows both the quality of their performance and the commitment that they demonstrate day in and day out.”
The prison will receive its re-accreditation award during ACA’s winter conference in Tampa.
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.