The Commission on Accreditation for Corrections
The Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (CAC) is the official accrediting body of the American Correctional Association. Created in 1974, the Commission is the official arbiter of accreditation status for all facilities and agencies. The Commission is comprised of a representative body of corrections professionals from all areas of the field- adult corrections and detention, juvenile corrections and detention, community corrections, probation, parole, and correctional health services.
Commission members can be ether appointed to their position by the President of the Association, or elected to their seat as a representative of a fellow criminal justice association (such as the American Jail Association or American Probation and Parole Association). Members of the Commission include Directors of Corrections, Sheriffs, Jail Administrators, Superintendents, Parole Administrators, Doctors, and other administrators with experience in operating everything from large agencies at the state or national level to local facilities with a relatively small staff and population. Currently, ACA, through the Commission, accredits just under 1,400 facilities across the United States and the world. These include Federal, state, local, and private facilities of all types and sizes under ACA’s standards.
Elias Diggins, Denver
Chair, Commission on Accreditation for Corrections