Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Three State Prisons receive three-year accreditation
The Kentucky State Reformatory (KSR), the Kentucky Correctional Instiution for Women (KCIW) and Luther Luckett Correctional Complex (LCCC) will receive their re-accreditation awards during the American Correctional Association’s winter conference that will be held in Tampa Florida in January 2007.
KSR Warden Larry Chandler and his staff were praised for their hard work and dedication during the prison’s September 25-27 audit. The accreditation panel complimented the facility for its cleanliness and the top-notch efficiency of the medical staff. KSR is one of the largest and oldest facilities in Kentucky. The institution was accredited for the ninth time and received the highest score in the history of the institution with a 99.7% on non-mandatory and 100% on mandatory standards.
KCIW’s audit was held August 7-9 and the prison received a score of 98.6 on non-mandatory and 100% on mandatory standards. The auditors made a special notation of the high scores in sanitation, academic programs, and the pride displayed by staff members about the institution and their role as an employee of the Department of Corrections.
“Having only been at KCIW for little over a month before the audit, I can say the staff has worked hard to prepare and pass this audit. They are some of the most caring and professional employees that I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” said Warden Cookie Crews.
LLCC celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this year. A. J. Hamburger, Chairman of the ACA audit team for Luckett said, “I’ve been in new institutions which do not look as good as LLCC at 25 years.”
This was the ninth audit for LLCC and they obtained the highest score in the history of the institution with a 99.7% on non-mandatory and 100% on the mandatory standards.
The accreditation program is a professional peer review process based on national standards that have evolved since the founding of ACA in 1870. There are over 500 standards that address all areas of prison operation and programs.
“It is an honor to work with institutions that achieve this level of excellence,” said Commissioner John D. Rees. “Kentucky is a fine example of the ACA process being implemented and working to improve staff and inmate life.”