FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (CAC) recently announced the accreditation of the Department of Juvenile Justice’s Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Newport and Cadet Leadership and Education Program in Jackson.
The American Correctional Association (ACA) along with the CAC complimented Keith Bales, Superintendent of the Campbell facility, and Mark Nickell, Superintendent of the Jackson facility, and their staff on their professional level of operation and their success in completing the accreditation process. The facilities are two of over 1,500 correctional organizations currently involved in accreditation across the nation.
The accreditation program is a professional peer review process based on national standards that have evolved since the founding of the Association in 1870. The standards were developed by national leaders from the field of corrections, law, architecture, health care, and other groups who are interested in sound correctional management.
ACA standards address services, programs, and operations essential to effective correctional management. Through accreditation, an agency is able to maintain a balance between protecting the public and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health, and safety of staff and offenders. Standards set by ACA reflect practical up-to-date policies and procedures and function as a management tool for agencies and facilities throughout the world.
The three-year accreditation award granted to the Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention Center and the Cadet Leadership and Education Program does not signal the end of their involvement with the accreditation process. During the award period, staff will work to improve any deficiencies identified during the audit and maintain continuous compliance with the standards.
*Note: This release was provided by the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, 4380 Forbes Boulevard; Lanham, Maryland 20706; 301/918-1835.