A team of American Correctional Association auditors has recommended accreditation be awarded to the Catawba Correctional Center, a high achievement in an ongoing effort to obtain full accreditation of the North Carolina prison system.
The ACA standards are the national benchmark for the effective operation of correctional systems throughout the United States. The auditors said the prison scored a remarkable 100 percent on the audit for mandatory standards and 99 percent on non-mandatory standards.
These performance-based standards evaluate fundamental correctional practices that ensure staff and inmate safety and security; enhance staff morale; improve record maintenance and data management capabilities; and improve the function of the facility.
As part of the accreditation process, the ACA auditors conducted visual inspections, reviewed policies and procedures, and probed the work being done to ensure best practices are met at the prison.
The Catawba Correctional Center is a minimum custody male facility located on Prison Camp Road in Newton. The facility is part of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and can house up to 246 inmates.