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Dartmouth Perfection

One hundred percent, A+ grades all around, a perfect score.

 

The Dartmouth Correctional Complex received a 100 percent score from the American Correctional Association on its recent national accreditation audit. Meeting or exceeding each one of approximately 400 standards set forth by the ACA impressed Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, but what made him most proud was what the auditors said about the staff.

 

“One of the auditors who had worked in corrections his whole life said if he was ever to go back into it, he would apply right here in Dartmouth because of the morale, attitude and professionalism of the staff,” Sheriff Hodgson said. “That really stuck with me.”

 

Three ACA auditors from Georgia, Florida and New Jersey spent three days combing over operations at the Dartmouth correctional facilities (Bristol County House of Correction, the Women’s Center and the ICE Detention Center). Their audit included tours of each facility, conducting interviews with staff and inmates, and scrutinizing hundreds of pages of policy and documents to verify compliance with national standards.

 

As a result, The Dartmouth Correctional Complex earned a perfect score on all aspects of facility operations, including security, health services, life safety, food services, inmate discipline, programs and services, staff training and administrative operations. The Dartmouth Correctional Complex is now only one of about 500 correctional organizations nationwide to earn ACA accreditation. Few received a perfect score.

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