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|Wackenhut Corrections Recognized as the First in Pennsylvania To Meet ACA Accreditation|
- George W. Hill Correctional Facility, Thornton, PA. -
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Wackenhut Corrections Corp. (NYSE: WHC) ("WCC") today announced that the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (CAC) has accredited its George W. Hill Correctional Facility, Thornton, PA, resulting in the first adult local detention facility in the State of Pennsylvania to become accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) Accreditation Committee. The award was presented this week in conjunction with the ACA National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.
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In presenting the award, Geno Natalucci-Persichetti, Chairperson of the CAC, and Betty Adams Green, President of the American Correctional Association, recognized WCC's Facility Administrator (Warden), James Janecka, and his staff for their exemplary job in achieving 100% compliance with applicable mandatory standards and 99% compliance with applicable non- mandatory standards. Additionally, Mr. Natalucci-Persichetti and Ms. Adams Green, complimented Janecka and his staff on their professional level of operation and their achievement at being the first adult local detention facility in the State of Pennsylvania to achieve full accreditation from the American Correctional Association (ACA) Accreditation Committee. The facility was measured against 439 standards.
The accreditation program is a professional peer review process based on national standards that have evolved since the founding of the Association in 1870. ACA standards address services, programs and operations essential to effective correctional management. Through accreditation, a correctional facility is better able to maintain a balance between protecting the public and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health, and safety of staff and offenders. Standards set by ACA reflect practical up-to-date policies and procedures and function as a management tool for agencies, private correctional management companies and facilities throughout the world. In the United States, of the nearly 3,200 adult local detention facilities, only 105 are ACA accredited.
WCC's Facility Administrator (Warden), Mr. Janecka, said, "Achieving ACA accreditation is a direct credit to the dedication and professionalism of our entire staff. This award signifies the level of excellence provided by WCC's management team and field staff."
In 1995, Delaware County Board of Prison Inspectors awarded WCC the management contract to provide correctional services to the existing 1000-bed facility. In 1998 WCC was awarded the contract to design, build and manage the new 1538-bed multi-security level facility to house pre-trial detainees and sentenced prisoners.
WCC, a world leader in the privatized corrections industry, has contracts/awards to manage 58 correctional/detention facilities in North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand with a total of approximately 40,000 beds. The Company also provides prisoner transportation services, electronic monitoring for home detainees, correctional health care, and mental health services.
The Company is a subsidiary of The Wackenhut Corporation (NYSE: WAK WAKB) and offers government agencies a turnkey approach to the development of new correctional and mental health institutions that includes design, construction, financing and operations.
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and future performance of the Company that involve risks and uncertainties that could materially affect actual results, including statements regarding estimated earnings, revenues and costs and estimated openings of new facilities and new global business development opportunities. Investors should refer to documents that the Company files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a description of certain factors that could cause actual results to vary from current expectations and forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to better maintain a balance between protecting the public and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health, and safety of staff and offenders and other factors contained in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the prospectus dated January 23, 1996, Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.
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