CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp and the Wyoming Women’s Center received official re-accreditation with the American Correctional Association on Aug. 3.
Certificates of achievement were presented to leaders of both facilities following a panel hearing at the ACA’s semi-annual national conference in Boston.
Both prisons earned outstanding compliance scores after going through a rigorous, multi-faceted audit process in April, according to a news release. The purpose of the audits was to ensure the facilities were still meeting or exceeding hundreds of best-practice standards and measures covering a variety of aspects, including administration and management, operations, training, programs and basic services that may impact the quality of life, safety and health of inmates and staff.
All components under the jurisdiction of the Wyoming Department of Corrections, including prison facilities, field services division, training academy, central office and correctional industries program, are currently accredited with ACA and are audited every three years on a staggered basis. WHCC and WWC were initially accredited in 2013 and were re-accredited in 2016.
In addition to maintaining ACA accreditation, WDOC is also in complete compliance with federal standards set forth by the Prison Rape Elimination Act. WDOC is one of only three prison systems in the United States to be fully accredited under both ACA and PREA, according to the release.