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Prison watchdog group is a waste of money

On Feb. 8, state Sen. James DeGrange introduced a bill to repeal the ban on using state funds to implement standards for state correctional facilities set by the American Correctional Association.

Maryland has its own Commission on Correctional Standards, which are published on its website. The American Correctional Association is a private organization that is accountable to no one and keeps its information secret.

Moreover, it costs Maryland taxpayers $12,000 just for the ACA to visit an institution for accreditation purposes — there are 32 such facilities in Maryland — and that figure doesn't include the cost of implementing any of their proposed standards.

In other words, an ACA accreditation is worthless and a waste of money, except for its own members.

I urge readers who are interested in saving Maryland hundreds of thousands of dollars to contact the Senate Rules Committee members and express their opposition to Senator DeGrange's bill.

John Reamy

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