(Decatur, GA) – The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) announced today that the Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) and Muscogee Youth Development Campus (YDC) obtained national reaccreditation from the American Correctional Association (ACA). The secure facilities for justice-involved youth underwent robust operations and treatment service audits, receiving reaccreditation during the ACA's 153rd Congress of Correction, August 10-13, in Philadelphia, Pa.

"We recognize the importance of utilizing industry best practices in our secure facilities and are grateful for this recognition by the American Correctional Association,” said DJJ Commissioner Shawanda Reynolds-Cobb. “I would like to thank the DJJ team members in Dalton and Columbus for their commitment to ensuring our facilities meet national standards.”

The ACA conducted onsite three-day audits, including an in-depth assessment of the facilities through staff interviews, a comprehensive facility tour, observation of staff performing their duties, and a review of vital files and records. The facilities scored 100 percent on the ACA mandatory standards.

This marks the second time these facilities obtained this national achievement. Additional DJJ secure facilities accredited by the ACA are in Bibb, Crisp, Cobb, Floyd, Rockdale, Terrell, Thomas, Whitfield, and Wilkes counties. 

ACA is the oldest association developed specifically for practitioners in the correctional profession. The ACA standards are considered the national benchmark for the effective operation of correctional systems throughout the United States and are necessary to ensure that correctional facilities are operated professionally. They address services, programs, and operations essential to good correctional management, including administrative and fiscal controls, staff training and development, physical plant, safety and emergency procedures, sanitation, food service, and rules and discipline. Standards reflect practical, up-to-date policies and procedures that safeguard staff and offenders' life, health, and safety.  

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 The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is a multi-faceted agency that serves the state's justice-involved youth up to 21 years of age. The Department's mission is to transform young lives by providing evidence-based rehabilitative treatment services and supervision, strengthening youth and families' well-being, and fostering safe communities. Visit us online at www.djj.georgia.gov. 


Communications Glenn Allen