Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville received the highest score ever recorded for the prison in its recent re-accreditation audit with the American Correctional Association (ACA). The prison received a total score of 99 percent.

This audit marks the 11th accreditation in the history of the penitentiary, Kentucky’s oldest prison facility. The prison will receive its re-accreditation award in August during ACA’s conference in Washington D.C. The prison has been accredited since 1983.

In announcing the audit scores: 99% on non-mandatory and 100% on mandatory standards, ACA Chairperson Teresa Grenier said, “the staff are due credit for maintaining such a facility despite its age. I have worked in a very old facility and know the challenges it presents.”

“It is obvious that the staff at the Kentucky State Penitentiary have worked very hard to achieve this record-breaking accreditation rating,” said Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson. “To maintain a 130-year-old facility takes a great deal of time and effort. The high scores and well-deserved praise from the auditors truly reflect the level of dedication of all the staff at the Penitentiary. As the Commissioner, I am very proud of their accomplishment on behalf of the Commonwealth.”

Warden Randy White said he is proud of his staff for a job well done. “This is the highest score we have received in 30 years of accreditation and all our staff contributed to the effort.”

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.



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