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NCJ Number: 119286 Find in a Library
Title: Proof Is in the Puddin' An ACA (American Correctional Association) Auditor's View of Training (From Issues in Correctional Training and Casework, Volume 4, P 29-32, 1988, Bruce I Wolford and Pam Lawrenz, eds.)
Author(s): D J Riffe
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY 40475
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America

Eastern Kentucky University
Dept of Correctional Services
105 Stratton
Richmond, KY 40475
United States of America
Type: Guideline
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article considers training standards of the American Correctional Association (ACA) and lists examples of performance-based training.
Abstract: The author, an ACA auditor who has conducted almost 60 audits of juvenile and adult residential corrections facilities, has made observations about the strengths and weaknesses of training in many programs relative to performance-based issues in training standards. Selected standards from ACA manuals are discussed, with standards specified that relate to training hours and trainer curriculums. Although the standards are drawn from the ACA manual on adult community residential facilities, they can be easily conceptualized for use in all settings. The author maintains that training topics with defined hours must be reinforced by correctional administrators and supervisors on a daily basis so that they are reflected in actual performance. Reinforcement is the mechanism by which staff become more competent and more able to comply with standard procedures. The result is an improved quality of life for correctional facility residents. 4 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Correctional training standards
Index Term(s): American Correctional Association (ACA)
Note: Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Correctional Symposium, Lexington, Ky., and at the Third Annual National Correctional Trainers Conference, Pittsburgh
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