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American Correctional Association

The Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility received a 100% rating at the conclusion of a re-accreditation audit which was conducted in October, 2014. Three veteran correctional professionals representing the American Correctional Association (ACA) Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (CAC) conducted an extensive three-day inspection of the facility and reviewed policies and procedures governing the operational standards. More than 380 standards covering all aspects of correctional operations-- from security and physical plant to use of force; medical; programs; and food service were tested and reviewed.

Upon completion, the facility was awarded a three-year reaccreditation from the American Correctional Association (ACA).

The Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility is the only ACA accredited facility in Rhode Island. It has been accredited by the ACA since 1995 and has consistently received high marks during every re-accreditation audit.

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United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service Quality Assurance Review

The United States Department of Justice, United States Marshals Service (USMS) Operations Division, Quality Assurance Review (QAR), was conducted August 10-12, 2016. After the final report is received and reviewed, a Corrective Action Plan will be developed For any deficiencies noted and sent back

The USMS defines the ‘Excellent’ rating as “The level of performance exceeds the requirements of the Federal Performance Based Detention Standards (FPBDS) with exceptional internal controls. Policies and procedures for achieving the program standards are documented and specific to the mission of the facility; the policies and procedures are communicated to the staff; fully implemented; and the desired outcome is achieved. Findings are non-existent."

The team of seven “subject matter experts” audited the facility based on the FPBDS for non-federal detention facilities. These standards are designed to ensure the safe, secure, and humane confinement of federal detainees.

During the three-day visit, the QAR team reviewed relevant policies, procedures, related documentation. Additionally, the team conducted numerous interviews with facility administrative, management and line staff as well as with detainees .  The team toured throughout the facility and observed daily operations including formal counts, visiting, recreation, meal servings, and the provision of health care services.

Employee interviews revealed high levels of professionalism, responsiveness, and dedication to the review team's request for information.

The Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility has maintained the "excellent" rating since 2012.