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August 18, 2021
Contact: FDC Communications
Nine FDC Correctional Institutions Earn Reaccreditation by the American Correctional Association
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The American Correctional Association (ACA) reaccredited nine Florida Department of Corrections’ (FDC) correctional institutions at the recent American Correctional Association Commission on Standards and Accreditation panel hearings.
“ACA accreditation provides an external measure of our ability to ensure best correctional practices are in place. It is a gold standard of excellence,” said Secretary Mark Inch. “These nine wardens have demonstrated their commitment to maintaining standards regardless of challenges faced by the agency. Join me in commending these exceptional professionals and celebrating their achievement as nationwide leaders in corrections.”
Over the last year, ACA audit teams from across the country visited the Central Florida Reception Center, the Gadsden Re-Entry Center along with Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, mayo, Sumter, Zephyrhills and Gulf Correctional Institutions and conducted comprehensive on-site audits of all aspects of prison operations. Each of these institutions were 100 percent compliant in mandatory standards, earning their respective reaccreditations.
FDC began the process of seeking nationally recognized accreditation from the ACA in 1968. All 50 of Florida’s major institutions are accredited by the ACA. The standards created and refined by the ACA represent fundamental correctional practices that ensure staff and inmate safety and security; enhance staff morale; improve record maintenance and data management capabilities; assist in protecting the agency against litigation; and improve the function of the facility or agency at all levels.
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.