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American Correctional Association Issues High Marks for Union County Facility

On Thursday, November 14, Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada attended a briefing conducted by Chairman of the American Correctional Association James Ball, and correctional consultants John Sargent Jr., and Ernest Umunna, at the Union County Administration Building at 10 Elizabethtown Plaza in Elizabeth. Pictured: (Left to Right) Director Ronald L. Charles, ACA Auditor John P. Sargent Jr., ACA Auditor Ernest Umunna, ACA Chairman James Ball, and Freeholder Angel Estrada.

In a briefing conducted for the Union County Department of Corrections on Thursday, November 14, the American Correctional Association announced that its recent audit of the Department has concluded, resulting in “exceptional” scores of 100% for mandatory standards and 99.3% compliance in non-mandatory standards.

The briefing is a step toward official accreditation by the American Correctional Association.

“ACA accreditation is only awarded to the ‘best of the best’ in the corrections field, so last Thursday’s briefing represented a significant milestone,” said Freeholder Angel Estrada, who attended the briefing. “On behalf of the Freeholder Board, I would like to thank Union County Department of Corrections Director Ron Charles and his staff and officers, for their professionalism and attention to detail.”

The American Correctional Association is the body tasked with developing nationwide standards for policies and procedures that safeguard life, health and safety of corrections personnel and inmates.

ACA accreditation covers all areas of a facility, including safety, security, order, inmate care, programs, justice, and administration.

During the accreditation process, ACA staff works directly with a facility or agency management to provide necessary documentation, assign and train auditors, and discuss with the specific requirements of each standard.

The accreditation process begins with an initial contact and continues through assessment, contracting, preparation, and the accreditation audit. The audit is then followed by a final accreditation decision.

The final accreditation decision for the Union County Department of Corrections is expected in January.

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