From left, are ACA Panel Hearing Chairperson Michael Dooley, ACA Commisioners Latoya Lane, Mark Murphy and Bobby Lumpkin, and CALPIA General Manager Charles Pattillo, CALPIA Executive Project Manager Zille Khan and CALPIA’s ACA Consultant Rick Wells.

By OPEC Staff

The California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA), recently received accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA) after recording 100 percent compliance for all standards assessed.

The visiting ACA committee highly praised CALPIA for the training and skills inmates learn in its programs.

“The ACA accreditation process went extremely smooth as local CALPIA operations had participated in the ACA accreditation process of CDCR institutions,” said Charles Pattillo, General Manager of CALPIA.

“That participation was invaluable and allowed CALPIA to ensure 100 percent compliance on its very first ACA accreditation audit,” he said. “CALPIA is proud to be an ACA accredited agency like CDCR.”

CALPIA is a self-supporting, customer-focused business that reduces recidivism, increases prison safety, and enhances public safety by providing offenders productive work and training opportunities.

The accreditation is granted for three years. CALPIA will be required to report compliance of all ACA standards annually to maintain accreditation.

Established in 1907, ACA has been the driving force in establishing national correctional policies and operational standards and otherwise advocating safe, humane and effective correctional operations and is the oldest and largest corrections organization in the world, as well as one of the longest serving professional organizations in America and the world.

CALPIA was awarded accreditation on Jan. 8, following a panel hearing held at the ACA 2018 Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Prior to the panel hearing, ACA’s visiting committee had conducted CALPIA’s initial accreditation audit from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2017.

The three-day audit involved assessments of CALPIA operations and processes based on the 80 national standards that represent fundamental correctional industries best practices.

These best practices ensure staff and inmate safety and security, enhance staff morale, improve record maintenance and data management capabilities, assist in protecting the agency against litigation and improve the function of the agency at all levels.

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