ACA has recently published the 2014 Standards Supplement. Please check back periodically for any updates/changes to that publication throughout the Summer. For those agencies still using the 2012 Standards Supplement, the changes below should be incorporated into operation:

Revisions to 2012 Standards Supplement

Update #1: August 2012


The ACA Standards and Accreditation staff has detected an error in the Adult Local Detention Facility (ALDF) section of the recently-released 2012 Standards Supplement. Standard 4-ALDF-4A-12-1 was listed as a new standard, but is in fact identical to the already-existing standard 4-ALDF-4A-12. This means that 4-ALDF-4A-12-1 should NOT be considered as a standard and should not be counted in the tally of applicable standards. All parties conducting and monitoring audits will be made aware of this development. Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Standards and Accreditation Department. Please accept our most sincere apologies for this oversight. Thank you!

Update #2: September 2012

ACI 4-4264 and 4-ALDF-2A-59

The ACA Standards and Accreditation staff has detected an error in the Adult Correctional Institution (ACI) and Adult Local Detention Facility (ALDF) sections of the 2012 Standards Supplement. Standard 4-4264 should state the following:

ACI 4-4264 (Revised January 2011): Alternative meal service may be provided to an inmate in segregation who uses food or food service equipment in a manner that is hazardous to self, staff, or other inmates. Alternative meal service is on an individual basis, is based on health or safety considerations only, meets basic nutritional requirements, and occurs with the written approval of the warden/superintendent, or designee and responsible health authority, or designee. The substitution period shall not exceed seven days.

Standard 4-ALDF-2A-59 should state the following:

4-ALDF-2A-59 (Revised January 2011): Alternative meal service may be provided to an inmate who uses food or food service equipment in a manner that is hazardous to self, staff, or other inmates. Alternative meal service is on an individual basis, is based on health or safety considerations only, meets basic nutritional requirements, and occurs with the written approval of the warden/superintendent, or designee and responsible health authority, or designee. The substitution period shall not exceed seven days.

The standard published in the 2012 Standards Supplement incorrectly excluded the words "or designee" following "approval of the warden/superintendent". The ACI and ALDF standards vary only slightly: the ALDF standard does not mandate that alternative meal service be available specifically to inmates in segregation since 2A-59 appears in the "Special Management Inmates" section.