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Lucy Webb Hayes Award

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2017
Contact: Christina Deibel or Linda Weyandt: (330) 535-8116

The American Correctional Association (ACA) has awarded Oriana House, Inc., with the Lucy Webb Hayes Award. The award recognizes correctional agencies that operate three or more separate facilities and have achieved ACA accreditation and Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) certification for every component within their area of responsibility.

Oriana House is the first community corrections agency in the United States to receive the Lucy Webb Hayes Award.

The Lucy Webb Hayes Award represents the highest commitment to excellence in correctional operations and the dedication of these agencies to enhancing public safety and the well-being of those in their care. The award is named for Lucy Webb Hayes, wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes. While serving as Ohio governor in 1870, her husband was elected as the ACA's founding president.

Oriana House has eight contracts with ACA that involve 14 facilities including an Electronic Monitoring Program. Of the eight contracts, all achieved 100% compliance with all mandatory expected practices as well as 100% compliance with all non-mandatory practices. In addition, Oriana House has 11 facilities that are audited under the PREA standards and all 11 programs are in full compliance with those standards.

Bernie Rochford, Oriana House executive vice president, accepted the award at ACA's 2017 conference in St. Louis, MO. "It is the daily work of all Oriana House staff, over 750 strong, that resulted in us receiving the Lucy Webb Hayes Award" said Rochford. "Our staff takes great pride in the services that we provide to our clients and thrive on witnessing the change that our clients are capable of making."

Oriana House is a private, non-profit community corrections and substance abuse treatment agency with facilities in the Ohio counties of Summit, Cuyahoga, Seneca, Sandusky, Erie, Huron, and Washington.

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