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Illinois assistant warden is a believer in standards.

James Irving, assistant warden at the Sheridan Correctional Center in Illinois, has been active in the accreditation movement for nearly 15 years. During that time, he has been an especially important factor in leading Illinois into a major leadership position in the standards and accreditation program.

His dedication to national correctional standards was recognized at the Congress of Correction last August when he received the prestigious Walter Dunbar Award. The award is given annually in honor of Dunbar, who served as the first chairman of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections.

"It's great to be recognized for something I believe so much in," Irving said. "I've always felt that this award is the Oscar of accreditation."

"Jim brings together that rare combination of experience, knowledge and compassion that makes him a leader in the field," said Hardy Rauch, ACA's Standards and Accreditation director.

Irving is a 30-year corrections veteran whose experience includes teaching, serving on a parole board and administering programs. He served on the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections from 1980 to 1986 and has chaired ACA's Standards Committee since that time.

He first became involved in the Commission because he felt that participating was a good way to ensure that his facility and his work measured up to national standards. He says that his efforts developing and promoting national corrections standards was time well-spent.

"Standards are a blueprint, not just for the physical building, but on how the facility should be run," Irving says.
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Title Annotation:Best in the Business; James Irving of the Sheridan Correctional Center
Author:Spertzel, Jody K.
Publication:Corrections Today
Date:Jun 1, 1993
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