Correctional Standards Implementation

For the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, ILJ staff estimated the cost in five states of complying with standards established by the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. The goal of the project was to provide agency decisionmakers with complete information on the cost of complying with standards. The contract included computer analysis of standards compliance, instrument design, supervision of field data collection by state employees, and coordination among the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, an independent evaluator, and five state-level managers. In addition to individual state reports, a summary (Correctional Policy and Standards: Implementation Costs in Five States, LEAA, 1980) and a cost-estimating guide (Users Manual for Estimating Standards Compliance Costs, LEAA, 1982) were produced during the 30-month project.