As a longtime mentor at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, l would like you and your readers to be aware of a newsworthy event that occurred at Long Creek recently.

Two weeks ago, the American Correctional Association conducted an inspection and evaluation of Long Creek, as it does every three years.

The institution has a long history of receiving excellent scores on this activity, and this year was no exception, to say the least. Long Creek had a score of 100 percent on the mandatory items and 100 percent on the non-mandatory ones!

This score once again confirms that Long Creek is among the very best youth correctional and rehabilitation facilities in the United States.

Thanks are due to the superintendent, Jeff Merrill, to his dedicated staff and to the approximately 200 volunteers who come in regularly to work with the kids. Thank you!

Jim Willey

president, Friends of Long Creek Youth Development Center