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The Arkansas Department of Correction is accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Each of the various correctional facilities and administrative areas within the department undergo audits every three (3) years by ACA, with accreditation currently extended to:

ACA is the oldest, and largest, association developed specifically for practitioners in the correctional profession. Since 1954, ACA has published operational standards designed to enhance correctional practices for the benefit of inmates, staff, administrators, and the public. ACA now publishes over twenty different performance based standard manuals for all areas of the correctional profession. Current Performance Based Standards for adult correctional institutions address the following areas:

- Administration and Management to include;

- Physical Plant to include;

- Institutional Operations to include;

- Special Management and Restrictive Housing Areas;

- Institutional Operations to include;

- Healthcare to include;

- Inmate Programs to include;

ACA performance based standards for adult correctional institutions are the measure used by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to meet, and exceed, the requirements for a constitutional minimal standard of care under the  Civil Rights of Institutionalized Person’s Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq.

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Arkansas Department of Correction
P.O. Box 8707
Pine Bluff, AR 71611-8707
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