Camino Nuevo Correctional Center Gets Highest Possible Marks in Independent Audit
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Corrections Corporation of America’s Camino Nuevo Correctional Center received a perfect score in an independent audit conducted by the American Correctional Association (ACA) last week.
“The score is a good reflection of the administration and staff”
Following the two-day audit, the Center met expectations in every category, receiving a 100 percent score for compliance in 58 mandatory and 408 nonmandatory standards. The ACA audit team will now recommend the facility for accreditation, which will be voted on in early 2008.
“The score is a good reflection of the administration and staff,” said Ted Lempke with the ACA audit team. “I don’t recall any question being asked of the staff that they didn’t know the answer to. You could gauge the outcome [of our tests] just by that.”
The ACA is the highest correctional authority in the industry and performs audits to ensure correctional organizations are operating professionally and effectively. These audits review the overall management of the center, as well as services offered and inmate programming.
The Camino Nuevo center began operation in July 2006 and currently houses minimum-security pre-release female offenders for the New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD), which requires all correctional facilities to be ACA-accredited.
“The ACA is the expert, and we are very proud of the findings. This is a new facility, and we knew the accreditation was important,” said Barbara Wagner, Camino Nuevo warden. “Our staff has worked very hard to be in compliance every day and to do what our New Mexico government partner asks of us.”
Camino Nuevo is one of four correctional centers in New Mexico operated by CCA, and upon the approval of the accreditation team, all four will be ACA-accredited.
CCA is the nation’s largest owner and operator of privatized correctional and detention facilities and one of the largest prison operators in the United States, behind only the federal government and three states. The company provides turn-key design, build, finance and operational management services, along with providing a wide range of rehabilitative programming for offenders, including education, vocation, substance abuse treatment, faith initiatives and life-skills training. CCA operates 65 facilities, including 41 company-owned facilities, with a total design capacity of approximately 75,000 beds in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.correctionscorp.com for more information.