Correctional facility stays accredited
by Courtney Stevens
Sep 14, 2013 | 2470 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams thanked all those involved in the reaccreditation during a press conference at the BCRCF.
Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams thanked all those involved in the reaccreditation during a press conference at the BCRCF.
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The American Correctional Association reaccredited the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility and a press conference was held on Wednesday afternoon to thank all of those involved.

"We will start getting the audit ready (for next year) tomorrow," said Warden Ora Starks.

According to the American Correctional Association Website, "accreditation is a system of verification that correctional agencies/facilities comply with national standards promulgated by the American Correctional Association.

"Accreditation is achieved through a series of reviews, evaluations, audits and hearings."

Lester Young, Gail Fricks and Davis Peek were the auditors involved in the accreditation.

"This means a lot. It took a conjoined effort of teamwork between the staff, the ACA management team, MDOC, and everybody to work together and ensure that this facility was reaccredited," said Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams.

"We have big shoes to fill because it was 100 percent in the past and so now it shows we have a score of 100 percent and that means a lot. That means that everyone was willing to roll their sleeves up and get the job done.

"It was not easy. It takes long hours towards the end to make sure that we do what it takes so when the auditors come in they see that everything mandatory is in compliance and according to ACA standards, and in the non-mandatory files to make sure we were incompliance," said Williams.

The BCRCF will receive its official documents for the accreditation early next year.

"The final process will come at the end of January, first of February at the ACA national conference, which is in Tampa, Fla.

"A team of us from Bolivar County have to go before a committee—a review committee. They will question us about what they received from the auditors and we have to be able to explain that and be able to continue to hold 100 percent.

"That is when they will reissue us our certificate saying we are an accredited facility," said Williams.

Starks said she plans to continue the positive work happening at BCRCF and thanked all of those who helped her "hit the ground running."