The Rutherford County Correctional Work Center has formally received their American Correctional Association (ACA) re-accreditation.
In February of 2018 the Correctional Work Center was audited by experts in the field of corrections and scored a perfect 100 percent compliance on all mandatory and non-mandatory standards established by the American Correctional Association. The core standards include safety, security, inmate care and programs, justice and corrections management.
Earlier this month, Rutherford County Correctional Work Center Superintendent and leadership staff appeared before a panel hearing consisting of ACA commissioners at the 148th Congress of Correction in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The commissioners discussed the visiting committee report and congratulated Superintendent William Cope and the staff present for not only meeting the standards set forth by the ACA, but also for running such an exemplary facility.
Superintendent Cope advised the panel that he is proud of the staff at the facility and the work they do each and every day and this award is a testament to their hard work and dedication. "ACA accreditation is an important and highly respected indicator which demonstrates that our facility is being operated safely, professionally, humanely and in compliance with the U.S. Constitution," and "I commend all of our staff for their ongoing commitment to ensuring our facility meets such rigid standards," said Superintendent Cope.
"Management does not pass ACA accreditation; it's the frontline staff who keeps us in compliance. The ladies and gentlemen who work back there every day to keep our community safe and serve those in our care."
Superintendent Cope also expressed his gratitude to Mayor Ernest Burgess and the Work Center Board for their guidance, oversight and faith in the agency and its staff.
The Rutherford County Correctional Work Center seeks re-accreditation every 3 years by allowing ACA to conduct an audit of the facility administration, management, operations, detainee programs, medical and food service. The next audit will be scheduled the year in 2021.