Welcome to the Standards and Accreditation Department

The Standards and Accreditation Department is dedicated to the field of corrections.  The standards created and refined by the American Correctional Association represent fundamental correctional practices that ensure staff and inmate safety and security; enhance staff morale; improve record maintenance and data management capabilities; assist in protecting the agency against litigation; and improve the function of the facility or agency at all levels.  The department’s roles include development and monitoring of the ACA standards, facilitation of the ACA accreditation process (formalized by the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections), and creating training and community resources to help facilities, auditors, and administrators access and implement leading correctional practices within their agency.

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Meet the Director of Standards and Accreditation

Bridget Bayliss-Curren is the Director of Standards and Accreditation for the American Correctional Association. A graduate of Sweet Briar College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Bridget Bayliss-Curren first joined ACA in 2006 as a Grants Specialist. After joining the Standards and Accreditation Department in 2010 as a Standards Specialist, Bridget worked with more than 350 facilities before being promoted to Director of the department in December 2014.