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Two Wyoming prisons complete national re-accreditation

Wyoming Women’s Center representatives accept their certificate. (Courtesy of the Wyoming Department of Corrections)

CASPER, Wyo. — Two Wyoming prisons have completed official re-accreditation with the American Correctional Association.

The Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp, located in Newcastle, and the Wyoming Women’s Center, located in Lusk, received their re-accreditation on Aug. 3.

“Certificates of achievement were presented to leaders of both
facilities following a panel hearing at the ACA’s semi-annual national conference in Boston,” an announcement from the Wyoming Department of Corrections states.

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Wyoming Honor Conversation Camp representatives accept their certificate. (Courtesy of the Wyoming Department of Corrections)

“Both prisons earned outstanding compliance scores after going through a rigorous, multi- faceted audit process in April, 2019.”

The audits were intended to ensure that the prisons were still either meeting or exceeding standards on a number of issues, including: “administration and management, operations, training, programs, and basic services that may impact the quality of life, safety and health of inmates and staff.”

Wyoming Department of Correction facilities receive audits every three years and are ACA accredited. That includes “prison facilities, field services division, training academy, central office and correctional industries program.”

“WHCC and WWC were initially accredited in 2013 and were reaccredited in 2016,” the release states. “In addition to maintaining ACA accreditation, WDOC is also in complete compliance with Federal standards set forth by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).”

The Wyoming Department of Corrections is fully accredited under both ACA and PREA, one of only three prison systems in the country to but accredited under both, according to the department.

“’Our staff across the state work hard every day to ensure our agency is successfully meeting our mission of providing safe and humane inmate management as well as opportunities for offender rehabilitation,’ said WDOC Director Bob Lampert. ‘I’m very proud of WHCC and WWC, and I congratulate staff at both facilities for their achievement.’”