Public Correctional Policy on:
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Religious Faith and PracticePolicy on ProbationCorrectional Staff Recruitment and Development
Correctional Standards and AccreditationAppropriate Sanctions and Controls

Correctional Standards and Accreditation

Correctional agencies should provide community and institutional programs and services that offer a full range of effective, just, humane, and safe dispositions and sanctions for accused and adjudicated offenders. To assure accountability and professional responsibility, these programs and services should meet accepted professional standards and obtain accreditation. The use of standards and the accreditation process provides a valuable mechanism for self-evaluation, stimulates improvement of correctional management and practice, and provides recognition of acceptable programs and facilities The American Correctional Association and the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections have promulgated national standards and a voluntary system of national accreditation for correctional agencies. The beneficiaries of such a process will be the administration and staff of correctional agencies, offenders, and the public.

Policy Statement:
A. Implement improvement as necessary to comply with appropriate standards specified or referenced in the following manuals and supplements:
Standards for Adult Parole Authorities
Standards for Adult Community Residential Services
Standards for Adult Probation and Parole Field Services
Standards for Adult Correctional Institutions
Standards for Adult Local Detention Facilities
Standards for Juvenile Community Residential Facilities
Standards for Juvenile Probation and Aftercare Services
Standards for Juvenile Detention Facilities
Standards for Juvenile Training Schools
Standards for the Administration of Correctional Agencies
B. Seek and maintain accreditation through the voluntary process developed by the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections in order that through self-regulation and peer review, necessary improvements are made, programs and services come into compliance with appropriate Standards, and professional recognition is obtained.

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