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Wyoming Honor Farm earns perfect marks in audit
Jun 5, 2014 - From staff reports
The Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton achieved a 100 percent score on its accreditation audit with the American Correctional Association on April 23-25.
All state correctional facilities under the Wyoming Department of Corrections have now successfully completed the ACA audit to become nationally accredited.
Through policy, practice and procedure, staff at WHF were able to demonstrate that the facility met or exceeded nearly 500 "best practice" standards set forth by ACA, a widely respected international organization developed specifically for practitioners in the correctional profession.
The purpose of this on-site audit was to assess the facility's compliance with standards and ensure that offenders in its care are being provided an acceptable quality of life. As part of the audit process, a three-person team from ACA toured the facility, reviewed files, inspected conditions of confinement, and interviewed staff and inmates.
"Over the past three years, the staff at this institution have worked hard at achieving this milestone and their dedication and perseverance can finally be recognized," said WHF warden Mike Pacheco.
WDOC director Bob Lampert expressed his enthusiasm to WHF staff.
"I want to thank and congratulate WHF employees, contract service providers and inmates for their outstanding efforts," Lampert said. "I am extremely proud of WHF and every portion of our Agency that have already completed their initial audits. You have all role modeled the way (for the remainder of the department) to emulate."
Accreditation audits for WDOC's Field Services Division, Central Office and Training Academy are scheduled for later this year.