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MCF earns audit award

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com

The Miami Correctional Facility excelled during their reaccreditation audit this past week making the Indiana Department of Correction one of only 22 states to have achieved and maintained the ACA’s Golden Eagle Status.

According to an MCF press release, corrections experts gathered in Bunker Hill for the audit on Oct. 1 and remained for a three-day tour of the facility in which they spoke with staff and inmates and reviewed files.

During the inspection, every facet of facility operations was compared to the national standards set by the American Correctional Association. The ACA, more than 147 years old, has been a lead supporter of the cause of corrections and correctional effectiveness.

MCF Warden William Hyatte congratulated staff on Thursday following the audit results in which the facility passed 100 percent of the mandatory standards and 98.19 percent of the non-mandatory standards.

“Congratulations to all our staff who worked so hard to get us to this point,” Hyatte said in the release.

In January, Hyatte will come before the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections at the ACA Winter Conference where the final vote on reaccreditation will take place.

“These correctional professionals from across the country scoured every facet of our facility,” touted IDOC Commissioner Rob Carter, “and were as impressed with the staff – and facility – as I am.”

The ACA’s Golden Eagle Status, achieved by the IDOC, is an award presented to DOC that have achieved ACA accreditation at 100 percent of their facilities, including Central Office and Parole, according to the release.