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CRJ receives 100 percent ACA accreditation scores for Brooke, Coolidge and Hampshire programs

Jan. 27, 2017

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Community Resources for Justice has received 100 percent accreditation scores from the American Correctional Association for three of its community reentry centers, reflecting the dedication of staff and the organization to ensuring safety and promoting clients’ success.

The ACA’s accreditation panel approved the top scores for Coolidge House and Brooke House in Boston, and Hampshire House in Manchester, N.H., during the association’s semi-annual conference in San Antonio on Sunday, Jan. 22. Auditors from the association spent two days at each location in the summer and fall looking for hundreds of safety and program features ranging from proper sanitation and fire safety to making sure clients have proper access to religious programming and work programs.

CRJ has consistently received high scores following ACA audits, but the three flawless scores together are a significant accomplishment, said Ellen Donnarumma, CRJ’s vice president for justice services.

“It speaks to the strength of our programs and the commitment of our staff,” she said. “The story here is one of teamwork and joint accomplishment.”

The ACA evaluations included tours of the facilities, interviews with staff and clients, and extensive reviews of records. The reviewers noted that clients “indicated they feel safe and believe that they are going to be better prepared to return to their families and communities” after spending time in one of the reentry centers. The auditors also noted staff members’ dedication to ensuring clients’ success.