CJS 230 Corrections Privatization and Accreditation

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Running head: Corrections accreditation Corrections Accreditation and Privatization Brian C. Kennedy University of Phoenix CJS230 David Williams 12 Sep 2014 1
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Corrections accreditation Abstract Many industries have accreditation standards. The education world, the medical world, the financial planning world all share in the idea that by meeting a minimal set of standards and therefore communicating to their stakeholders that they are accredited, trust is increased. For the Correctional field, it is no different. Though many entities exist, the American Jail Association and the American Correctional Association offer accreditation for both facilities/agencies as well as individual Correctional Officers. The American Correctional Association lists its mission as “The American Correctional Association provides a professional organization for all individuals and groups, both public and private that share a common goal of improving the justice system” (Vision and Mission Statement). Professional Development As a new Correctional Officer recruit, most agencies have a minimal amount of training to allow for initial probationary certification. The national average is 263 hours of pre-service training (Foster, 2006). For positions outside of the institutional
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