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Audits and Compliance
The Accreditation Unit’s mission is to enable the GDC to earn national accreditation and state certification thus improving the agency’s operational effectiveness and efficiency by aligning policy, practice and procedures to established standards. The national accreditation and state certification standards are continually revised to reflect best practices in corrections and law enforcement gathered from agencies across the United States. GDC is currently in the process of obtaining national accreditation through the American Correctional Association (ACA). ACA establishes standards in the following five major areas: Administration and Management, Physical Plant, Institutional Operations, Institutional Services, and Inmate Programs.
The Audits and Compliance Unit evaluates the operations of GDC State and Private Prisons, Transitional Centers, Probation Detention Centers, Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Centers, Farms, Distribution Centers, and County Prisons (as requested). The primary focus of this unit is to ensure each facility is adhering to departmental standards. Audit topics include: Security Operations, Business Processes, Engineering, Human Resources, Inmate Services, Care and Custody, Medical and Mental Health Services, and compliance with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).
The Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into law in 2003. The law calls for a “zero tolerance” and developed national standards to prevent incidents of sexual violence in prison. The GDC PREA Unit promotes awareness and an agency culture of "zero tolerance", ensuring all facilities are in full compliance with the National Standards through audits, training, drafts, and implements guidelines and policies.