Standards

Since 1954, the American Correctional Association has published operational standards designed to enhance correctional practices for the benefit of inmates, staff, administrators, and the public.  In the decades since the Manual on Correctional Standards- First Edition was created, the Association has diversified and extended its standards and today publishes 22 different manuals for all areas of the field of corrections.  This includes dedicated manuals for the operation of differing facility types, including prisons, jails, juvenile correctional facilities, juvenile detention facilities, probation/parole agencies, halfway houses, and others.  Similarly, ACA publishes standards for correctional programs that impact multiple facilities such as correctional industries (manufacturing programs), food service, electronic monitoring, therapeutic communities, and central office administration.  Recently, the Association added new International Core Standards, designed to implement basic correctional practice on the international level.       

Across the United States and the world, the ACA standards have been integrated into routine operations in more than 1,300 facilities and agencies.  Tens of thousands of staff and inmates are impacted by the ACA standards on a daily basis.  For more information on the creation and monitoring of the ACA standards; individual standards manuals; updates and interpretations from the ACA staff; or to purchase the ACA standards, explore the links on this page.




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Manuals & Supplements

 Below is a list of each of the standards manuals published by the American Correctional Association:
  • Performance-Based Expected Practices for Adult Correctional Institutions, Fifth Edition
  • Performance-Based Core Jail Standards, First Edition
  • Performance-Based International Correctional Core Standards–Adult, First Edition
  • Performance-Based International Correctional Core Standards–Juvenile, First Edition
  • Performance-Based Standards for Adult Community Residential Services, Fourth Edition
  • Performance-Based Standards for Adult Local Detention Facilities, Fourth Edition
  • Performance-Based Standards for Adult Probation and Parole Field Services, Fourth Edition
  • Performance-Based Standards for Correctional Industries, Second Edition
  • Performance-Based Standards for Juvenile Correctional Facilities, Second Edition
  • Performance-Based Standards for Therapeutic Communities, First Edition
  • Performance-Based Health Care Standards for Adult Correctional Institutions, Fourth Edition
  • Performance-Based Health Care Standards for Adult Local Detention Facilities, Fourth Edition
  • Performance-Based Health Care Standards for Juvenile Correctional Facilities, Fourth Edition
  • Standards for Administration of Correctional Agencies, Second Edition
  • Standards for Adult Correctional Boot Camps Programs, First Edition
  • Standards for Adult Parole Authorities, Second Edition
  • Standards for Correctional Training Academies, First Edition
  • Standards for Electronic Monitoring Programs, First Edition
  • Standards for Food Service Programs, First Edition
  • Standards for Juvenile Community Residential Facilities, Third Edition
  • Standards for Juvenile Correctional Boot Camps, First Edition
  • Standards for Juvenile Day Treatment Programs, First Edition
  • Standards for Juvenile Detention Facilities, Third Edition
  • Standards for Juvenile Probation and Aftercare Services, Second Edition
  • Standards for Small Juvenile Detention Facilities, First Edition
     

As changes to the standards are made at every ACA conference, the Association also prints a Standards Supplement on a bi-annual basis.  Available every other year in January, the Standards Supplement contains changes to all ACA standards manuals since the printing of the most recent edition of that manual.  For example, the 4th Edition ACI manual was printed in 2003; therefore, all changes to the manual from 2003 to 2011 will be contained in the 2012 Standards Supplement. The 2014 Supplement (available in January 2014) will include all changes through 2013.  For changes to the standards that occurred after the printing of the most recent Supplement, please consult the Standards Committee Meeting Minutes for each conference during that period.  The Supplement is available in the ACA Marketplace

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