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U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

Prison watchdog group is a waste of money

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...