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Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex in West Liberty received a near-perfect audit score on its recent re-accreditation audit with the American Correctional Association (ACA). The prison received a total score of 99 percent.
This audit marks the 8th accreditation in the history of the institution. The prison will receive its re-accreditation award in January during ACA’s conference in Tampa, Florida. The prison has been accredited since 1992.
In announcing the audit scores: 98.83% on non-mandatory and 100% on mandatory standards, ACA Chairperson Art Beeler said he was very impressed with the electronic file system and the staff in general. After conducting a fire drill during the audit, Beeler said, “this was the best fire drill I have seen executed in my 40 plus years of experience.”
“Having worked at EKCC I am well aware of the challenges involved with an institution of that size,” said Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson. “I am not surprised at all by the score. For the institution to meet all the standards set by a national accrediting agency is quite an accomplishment. Once again, our institutions have represented the Commonwealth admirably by this excellent performance in an audit.”
“This is the most thorough team I have encountered in all the years of my correctional experience,” said Warden Gary Beckstrom. “To achieve this score is a proud reflection upon the efforts of the staff at this institution.”
ACA consists of over 500 national standards that cover security, operational and programming aspects of a prison and require constant monitoring and quality control checks. Each prison is audited by ACA every three years and has an inter-departmental audit (Program Security Review) every year. Kentucky has been a member of ACA since the early 1980s.