Budzinski Named ACA Commissioner
Peoria, IL-Sept. 13, 2006
Ronald J. Budzinski
, president of PSA-Dewberry
, a leading national design firm, has been elected to the American Correctional Association's
(ACA) Commission on Accreditation for Corrections for the 2006-2010 term.
is the only architect among the 28 commissioners elected to serve.
will play a key role in evaluating detention and correctional facilities for physical and operational compliance to ACA standards, a critical factor in the association's accreditation process.
On an annual basis, the commission evaluates the audited findings of approximately 400 to 500 local and state detention and correctional facilities seeking ACA accreditation.
election as "an opportunity, at a national level, to influence policies related to the conditions of confinement and operational procedures of our jail and prison system in the United States.
Annually, over 600,000 inmates are released from US prisons, and the dismal fact is more than half of them will return.
This increases the national crime rate and perpetuates the emotional and financial trouble for families already in turmoil.
If my commission involvement can have even the slightest impact on that one statistic, the effort will be worthwhile."
is widely recognized as a national expert in justice facilities planning and design, and is noted for his
leadership and advocacy for major innovations in the practice of criminal justice architecture for all levels of government.
career spans 35 years and includes the development of more than 50 justice projects in 22 states and abroad.
projects have frequently been featured in the American Institute of Architects'
(AIA) Committee on Architecture for Justice's
(CAJ) Justice Facilities Review, and 13 have received AIA-CAJ Citations for Excellence.
For the past year, Budzinski has served as a leader of the FEMA response team charged with inspecting damaged criminal justice facilities in the Gulf Coast region, including police stations, courthouses, and detention facilities.