February 06, 2023
Contact: FDC Communications
Nine FDC Correctional Institutions Earn Reaccreditation by the American Correctional Association
ORLANDO, Fla. — The American Correctional Association (ACA) reaccredited nine Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) correctional institutions during the ACA’s 2023 Summer Conference panel hearings in Orlando. The standards created and refined by the ACA represent fundamental practices that ensure staff and inmate safety and security; enhance staff morale; improve record maintenance and data management capabilities; and improve the function of the facility or agency at all levels.
“I am honored to recognize the unwavering pursuit of excellence demonstrated daily by our staff. Anytime we have the opportunity to showcase our efforts on a national scale through ACA accreditation is a momentous occasion,” said FDC Secretary Ricky Dixon. “We continue to build upon the foundation established over the past several years and remain devoted to furthering our Agency’s reputation as a nationwide leader in best correctional practices. Thank you to our leaders across the state and the devoted staff who uphold this commitment.”
Over the last year, ACA audit teams from across the country visited Florida State Prison and the South Florida Reception Center as well as Cross City, Taylor, Everglades, Franklin, Martin, Union and Putnam Correctional Institutions to conduct comprehensive on-site audits of all aspects of prison operations. Each of these institutions were 100 percent compliant with mandatory standards.
For more than 149 years, the ACA has been the recognized worldwide authority in corrections, and its Commission on Accreditation for Corrections certifies correctional facilities. FDC began the process of seeking nationally recognized accreditation from the ACA in 1968. All of Florida’s major state institutions are accredited by the ACA.
Learn more about accreditation through the American Correctional Association.
As Florida's largest state agency, and the third largest state prison system in the country, FDC employs 24,000 members, incarcerates 80,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.