Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              June 25, 2003


Dayton Correctional Institution is First Prison in

Ohio to Score Perfect on Audit

(Columbus) – The Dayton Correctional Institution (DCI), a male, minimum/medium security facility, underwent its fourth American Correctional Association (ACA) re-accreditation audit from June 4 – 6, 2003, and was found to be in 100% compliance with both mandatory and non-mandatory standards.  DCI is the first prison in Ohio to receive a perfect score in a full ACA audit, and was the very first prison in Ohio to become accredited in 1989 under the leadership of former Warden Reginald A. Wilkinson, currently Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC).

“This is a prime example of the high standards of excellence that is maintained throughout the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and I am proud of the score that DCI earned,” stated DRC Director Reginald A. Wilkinson.  “Achieving a perfect on all standards is a reflection of the leadership and dedication of Warden Lawrence Mack and the staff at DCI.  Employees at DCI should be applauded for such an outstanding accomplishment.”

The ACA accreditation process is a peer review based upon rigorous national standards.  Accreditation is awarded for a three-year period, after which the institution, or department must maintain compliance with applicable mandatory and non-mandatory standards. 

DRC became one of only several correctional agencies in the country to become fully accredited in January of 1999 and remains fully accredited today.

For more information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.