According to its Web site, the American Correctional Association is the oldest and largest international correctional association in the world. It serves all disciplines within the correctional profession and was founded in 1870 as the National Prison Association.
Auditor Len Munks complimented the facility’s educational services. Along with changing the behavior of the teens, he felt it was just as important that the offenders gain competencies while housed in a prison.
“I have seen few educational areas that had so much GED preparation and graduation rates that were shared with us,” Munks said.
Munks found the library contained more than 4,500 titles that were highly organized and being checked out regularly.
The skilled trades program includes fiber optics. Munks says that trade is in demand and will give offenders an edge in the work force when released back into society.
“The kids that participate in that and come out of here with that skill, they’re really going to be ahead of a lot of other kids,” Munks said.
Hearing the positive feedback made the superintendent proud of her staff and their devotion to rehabilitating the troubled teens.
“I’m very pleased and extremely proud of our staff,” Harshbarger said.
• Kevin Lilly is news editor of the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5117 or email@example.com.