The American Correctional Association (ACA) Awards Committee selected the GEO Continuum of Care® Program at the Graceville Correctional Facility as the 2018 “Innovation in Corrections” awardee.

The award is a huge testament to the unique and exceptional rehabilitative programming GEO provides.

Dr. George Zoley, CEO and Chairman of the GEO Group accepted the award at the ceremony held on January 8, 2018 at the ACA Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. John Smykla, Director, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University nominated the GEO Continuum of Care® model at Graceville Correctional Facility for its demonstrated success in reducing recidivism, increasing educational levels, increasing cognitive and life skills, increasing employment marketability, and increasing family treatment integration for program participants.

The GEO Group is committed to achieving ACA accreditation at all qualifying facilities. All GEO facilities that qualify to be accredited are now accredited or in the process of seeking accreditation. As new facilities join GEO, either through new contract awards or through acquisitions, they are placed on a schedule for initial accreditation within 18 months.

American Correctional Association (ACA)

American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation is intended to improve facility operations through adherence to clear standards relevant to all areas of the operation of correctional facilities, processing centers, and reentry centers, including safety, security, order, inmate care, programs, justice, and administration. The Director of Accreditation & Contract Compliance’s staff facilitate the accreditation process from initial contact through assessment, contracting, preparation, the accreditation audit, and lastly the appearance before the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections panel for a final accreditation decision.