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Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility Scores 3-Year Accreditation and Among Highest Rated in the United States
Date:4/4/2008

"Nearly Perfect" Score by the American Correctional Association Auditors

Earns High Praise From Board Chair Romanowicz

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I., April 4, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- After an exhaustive three-day audit and examination by the American Correctional Association Commission on Accreditation, the Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation is pleased to report that the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility has passed with a 99.7% rating. This gives the facility a three-year reaccreditation status for the fourth time in its 15-year history and marks its consistent accredited status since 1995 when the facility applied for its first rating.

A seasoned team of correctional practitioners led by Kaye Harris, RN/BS, a career Federal Bureau of Prisons employee, conducted the comprehensive and intensive three-day audit. Together, the team represented a combined experience of over 100 years in senior level correctional management.

Through accreditation, an agency is able to maintain a balance between protecting the public and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health and safety of staff and offenders. Standards set by the ACA reflect practical up-to-date policies and procedures, and function as a management tool for more than 1,500 correctional agencies in the United States.

The Wyatt Facility was tested against 384 applicable standards listed in the ACA's Adult Local Detention Facilities Manual, 4th Edition, on virtually all aspects of correctional operations, from security and physical plant to use of force; medical; programs; and food services. Of the 384 standards, 60 are mandatory life safety and must be passed. The one standard where the facility did not fully comply was minor, related to the number of showerheads in a newly constructed living POD. The Wyatt has addressed it, and is finishing this installation; and will appeal this specific finding before May 2008, when the formal commission award is presented. With the inevitable compliance of this one last standard, the Wyatt Detention Facility will enjoy an incredible 100% rating and distinguish itself as truly one of the leading facilities in the United States.

Al Romanowicz, Chairman of the Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation, enthusiastically praised the staff at the Wyatt commenting that, "A nearly perfect accreditation rating validates not only our decision to manage the facility, but clearly demonstrates to the City of Central Falls, and each and every one of our partner agencies and financial institutions, that we have not missed a beat -- and, in fact, have become even more proficient and attentive."

For context, there are approximately 8,500 correctional facilities in the nation and the Wyatt remains in the top 17%, being one of only 1,500 facilities totally accredited. It is and remains to be the only facility in Rhode Island that is ACA accredited.

Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation's (which owns and operates the Wyatt) Executive Director, Anthony Ventetuolo, Jr., stated, "This is a real tribute to Warden Wayne Salisbury and his entire staff for their hard work, extra effort every day and diligence; and speaks volumes on their commitment to excellence and professionalism. It's even more extraordinary given the incredible changes the staff and facility have undergone in the last two years." The facility underwent and recently completed a $50M expansion that more than doubled its size, staff and detainee population. In addition, an entire management transition occurred in August 2007, when the CFDF Corporation took over direct operational authority from Cornell Corrections, a private firm that operated the facility for its first thirteen years. "The Corporation is extremely proud of the way our staff has responded to the massive paradigm change that has occurred," Ventetuolo said. "Hopefully, this great news from the ACA is reassuring to our clients that those individuals in their custody are being housed in a safe, secure and progressive setting."

Wyatt Detention Facility, constructed in 1993 for federal detainees from the entire Northeast under the jurisdiction of the US Marshals Service, BICE and other agencies who require short-term detention and detainee transportation services, is the first medium- to maximum-security detention facility developed, constructed and operated for the US Marshals Service by a private entity. With capacity for 700 detainees, the Wyatt is the first and only ACA accredited facility in Rhode Island. Wyatt Detention Facility is owned and operated by the Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation.

Contact: Dante Bellini, Jr.

RDW Group -- 401-521-2700, ext. 131


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