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ODRC Becomes First to Receive National Lucy Webb Hayes Award

ODRC Becomes First to Receive National Lucy Webb Hayes Award


Columbus - The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) has become the first prison system in the United States to receive the American Correctional Association’s (ACA) Lucy Webb Hayes Award.  This award is presented to an agency that demonstrates a strong commitment to public safety by ensuring all areas of operations meet highly regarded and nationally recognized industry standards.     

“Receiving the prestigious Lucy Webb Hayes award is a great honor for our department and state,” said ODRC Director Gary Mohr, who accepted the award today at the ACA’s 146th Congress of Correction in Boston, MA.  “This honor speaks volumes to the professionalism and dedication of our staff – correction officers, wardens, teachers, nurses and many others. We believe that at any moment, anyone can be the most important person in our organization. And receiving this honor is a testament to their importance.”

Presented for the first time this year, the Lucy Webb Hayes Award was established to recognize correctional agencies that have achieved 100% compliance with both ACA accreditation standards and Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards.  ACA has total of 525 standards (62 mandatory, 463 non-mandatory) and PREA encompasses 43 lead standards with 192 provisional requirements.  Facilities must comply with 100% of ACA mandatory standards and 90% of the non-mandatory standards to maintain accreditation status.  Federal law requires 100% compliance with all 192 requirements within the PREA audit process.

The award is named for Chillicothe native Lucy Webb Hayes (1831-1889), wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes.   While he served as Ohio governor in 1870, her husband was also elected as the ACA’s founding president in 1870.

This honor is another example of why Ohio is recognized as one of the top correctional agencies in the country.  ODRC continues to exhibit exemplary commitment to making Ohio’s prisons and communities safe.


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