Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction



For Immediate Release: January 22, 1999

Ohio Department Of Rehabilitation and Correction Completely Accredited

(Columbus)--- The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) has become one of two corrections agencies nationwide to achieve complete accreditation through the American Correctional Association (ACA). At the ACA winter conference held this week in Nashville, Tennessee, the remaining six out of 30 prisons and Ohio Penal Industries received their awards of accreditation. Ohio and Louisiana are the only states to achieve complete accreditation in their correctional departments.

"Accreditation means many things. It means an institution/department is operating at peak performance, with policies and procedures in place," stated DRC Director Reginald A. Wilkinson. "We are responsible to the public for the tax dollars we spend and the work we do. This helps demonstrate that we are operating a safe, secure, humane department while being prudent with state funds."

The accreditation initiative is a professional peer review process based upon rigorous national standards. The accreditation award is for a period of three years. During that three-year period, the institution or department must maintain consistency in compliance with applicable mandatory and non-mandatory standards.

The Department now has 30 prisons; Ohio Penal Industries, two boot camps, Central Office, the Ohio Parole Board, Adult Parole Authority Field Services and the Corrections Training Academy all accredited.

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