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Jail Receives High Marks from State
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

For Immediate Release
March 10, 2009

Clay County Jail Receives Recommendation for Re-Accreditation from Assessment Team

A team of assessors from the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc. (FCAC) will recommend re-accreditation for the Clay County Jail at their annual meeting in June. This recommendation represents the third of three successful assessments of the facility since 2003. This most recent assessment resulted in the highest recommendation given to our jail in the history of its operation. “This glowing report is a direct reflection of the outstanding job done every day by our Detention employees”, said Major Craig Aldrich, the Detention Bureau supervisor.

FCAC, based in Orlando, reviews all aspects of an agency's jail policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services to determine compliance with 242 recognized standards of excellence. Three independent assessors worked for three days last week inside the Clay County Jail reviewing files, interviewing staff and speaking to inmates. Before leaving the facility they announced to CCSO staff that their report to the commission in June will reflect the highest level of operational excellence possible. This represents a great source of pride for the men and women of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office who work in the agency’s Detention Bureau.

Undergoing the voluntary state accreditation process provides an agency with a “quality assurance review” and encourages intense self-scrutiny, resulting in more efficient daily operations. Sheriff Rick Beseler is very pleased with the result of this assessment. “The assessors told us that even inmates were complimentary of our jail staff, which really says something about the overall operation”, Beseler said.



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