Well-deserved awards given out at ACA's 144th congress of correction.

Author:Black-Dennis, Kathy
Position:Accreditation Byline - American Correctional Association

American Correctional Association standards are the national benchmark for the effective operation of correctional systems throughout the U.S., as well as internationally. Each year, ACA recognizes agencies that have accredited all facilities and programs under their jurisdictions with the prestigious Golden Eagle Award. The Golden Eagle is the highest honor for commitment to excellence in ACA accreditation. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) was recognized for its commitment to excellence on Aug. 18, 2014, at the 144th Congress of Correction in Salt Lake City.

Golden Eagle Award. The Golden Eagle Award signifies that all major areas of the department--institutions, probation and parole, training, correctional industries and central office--are ACA accredited. TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston, who accepted the award on behalf of the agency and its employees, said such an achievement would not have been possible without dedicated and talented staff throughout the department. "You cannot obtain systemwide accreditation through the efforts of a few people, and that is especially true for an organization as large and diverse as TDCJ," said Livingston. "This award reflects the contributions of thousands of employees with varied responsibilities, each critical to the success of the agency. As always, I am grateful for their hard work and public service."

Walter E. Dunbar Award. The second award given out at Monday's General Session was the Walter E. Dunbar Award. The Walter E. Dunbar Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections of ACA. It is presented annually to a person whose contributions have been superior in support of the accreditation process. This year's honoree is ACA President Christopher B...

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