Our Dedication To Exceeding Quality Compliance & Standards
The GEO Group, Inc. is fully committed to operating our facilities and programs at the highest level, providing safe, secure and humane surroundings for our staff, those in our custody and care, and the communities in which we operate. GEO believes in providing services of which both our company and our clients would be proud. In order to provide that level of quality and safety on a consistent schedule, GEO operates pursuant to and in compliance with a variety of governmental standards, national accreditation and certification standards, medical accreditation agencies, educational agencies and the requirements of our clients’ operations. These standards may be required by our contracts or not; those in excess of contractual requirements reflect GEO’s desire to lead in the industry and are commitments to go above and beyond that which is required.
GEO strives to achieve the highest operational standards for its correctional and detention facilities. GEO’s facilities are managed pursuant to the contractual requirements set by each respective contracting agency as well as correctional and detention standards set by applicable third-party accreditation agencies, including but not limited to, the American Correctional Association (ACA), the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare, The Commission on Jail Standards, The Joint Commission on Healthcare, and The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Contract Compliance team has developed meaningful audit tools based on GEO Corporate and Divisional policies and our client policies and standards. Using those tools, a team of Compliance-led auditors travel to facilities and sites across the country, conducting annual reviews using a subject matter experts and reviewing all standards applicable to each specific operation.This annual review is conducted at all GEO facilities every year. In addition, a follow-up review is conducted at each of our U.S. Corrections/Detention facilities. The department specializes in specific areas that cross divisions which include American Correctional Association (ACA) and Prison Rape Eliminiation Act .
American Correctional Association (ACA)
American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation is intended to improve facility operations through adherence to clear standards relevant to all areas/operations of the corrections & detention facilities, 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.
In 2011, The GEO Group committed to be accredited at all qualified facilities. All GEO facilities that qualify to be accredited are now accredited or in the process. As new facilities join GEO, either through new awards or through acquisitions, they are put on the schedule for initial accreditation within 18 months.
GEO’s Operational Record on Immigration
GEO has had a long-standing partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its predecessor agency, the Immigration and Naturalization Service that dates back to mid-1980s with the opening of GEO’s Aurora ICE Processing Center.
GEO’s immigration facilities adhere to strict contractual requirements set by ICE, and the agency employs several full-time, on-site contract monitors who have a physical presence at each of GEO’s facilities. Additionally, GEO’s facilities provide office space for ICE personnel, immigration attorneys, immigration court judges, non-governmental organizations, and other constituent groups who have unfettered access to each facility.
All of GEO’s residential facilities under direct contract with ICE are audited and inspected by the agency on a routine and unannounced basis. GEO’s facilities are also independently accredited by the American Correctional Association, which is widely recognized as the foremost independent corrections and detention accreditation agency in the United States.
GEO’s residential facilities under direct contract achieved an average score in excess of 99% during the most recent accreditation audits conducted by the American Correctional Association, which reviews more than 450 independent standards, with five facilities achieving a perfect score of 100%. To the right is a list of GEO’s residential facilities under direct contract with ICE and their respective ACA accreditation scores.
Prison Rape Elimination Act
Congress enacted the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 to address the problem of sexual abuse of persons in the custody of U.S. agencies. PREA calls for federal, state, and local systems to have a zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual abuse or sexual harassment (as defined by PREA) in prisons, jails, police lock-ups, and other confinement facilities.
The GEO Group mandates zero tolerance towards all forms of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment in all its facilities. When a GEO operational subsidiary, business unit or program falls within the scope of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 , GEO will comply with these regulations as required. GEO is in the third year of PREA Certification Audits and continues to successfully be certified by the independent DOJ auditors. The facilities which have been certified have met all applicable standards and frequently have exceeded standards.
GEO Facility PREA Certification Information