Three Institutional Education Programs Receive Full Accreditation

September 28, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine announced that the West Virginia Department of Education’s Institutional Education Programs at the Denmar Correctional Center, Lakin Correctional Center for Women and St Marys Correctional Center received full accreditation from the Correctional Education Association (CEA), an affiliate of the American Correctional Association (ACA).  

Denmar Correctional Center

The achievement of CEA accreditation is a national recognition of the attainment of excellence in the operation of education programs in correctional institutions. The programs are accredited from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2008.  

Lakin Correctional Center for Women

“The West Virginia Board of Education and the Department of Education are proud of the national accreditation in education at the state’s three major adult state correctional institutions,” said Paine. “Coupled with the achievement of national accreditation of the education programs at the other facilities from around the state, the Department now has received full accreditation in education in nine institutions.”  

St. Marys
St Marys Correctional Center

The West Virginia Legislature recognized the importance of providing meaningful education programs to institutionalized juveniles and adults when it transferred the responsibility for education in institutions to the West Virginia Board of Education and State Superintendent of Schools more than a decade ago. Overwhelming evidence has been accumulated on national and state levels that links correctional education programs to dramatically reduced recidivism rates and crime prevention.  

A national study revealed that education is the most effective of all crime prevention programs and saves taxpayers millions of dollars in victim-related costs and the costs of re-incarceration and dependency. The relation between education and recidivism clearly makes having effective correctional education programs a public safety issue.  

For more information, contact Frank Andrews, Superintendent, Office of Institutional Education Programs, at (304) 558-8833/2240.

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