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BSO DETENTION AGAIN EARNS NATIONAL ACCREDITATIONS

Through the leadership of Sheriff Ken Jenne, the Broward Sheriff's Office became the largest nationally accredited sheriff’s office in the United States. Now, once again, the biggest is among the best.

The American Correctional Association, a 125-year old institution that sets rigorous, national standards to safeguard the welfare of staff and detainees, has accredited less than five percent of the more than 3,300 jails in America. Yet, during a formal ceremony in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, January 14, 2002, the ACA reaccredited the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

In November 2001, independent auditors awarded the Broward Sheriff's Office perfect scores of 100% for mandatory and non-mandatory health care standards. BSO also received perfect and near perfect scores respectively, in mandatory and non-mandatory detention standards.

“The men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office work hard every day to meet the high standards set by the ACA,” Sheriff Jenne said. “I am proud the auditors gave our facilities such high marks and am very pleased we have been accredited for another three years.”

The ACA accreditation is a first for BSO’s Joseph V. Conte Facility, which opened in 1999. However, the Main Jail, North Broward Detention Facility, and Stockade Facility have received
accreditation from the ACA every three years since 1996. The Broward Sheriff’s Office operates the 13th largest local jail system in the nation and processes more 70,000 detainees annually. BSO anticipates ACA accreditation for a new women’s facility currently under construction and scheduled to open no later than early 2003.

The ACA applauded the BSO, for its “cutting edge” approach to treating mentally ill detainees and for being the first in the U.S. with an Inmate Hospice Program. The ACA also noted the cleanliness of BSO detention facilities and the quality of the detention staff. Praised too, was BSO’s Department of Detention and Community Control for providing offenders with innovative educational, vocational, and religious programs. BSO detainees can earn their GED, end their addictions through the Narcotics Anonymous or AA programs, or help their community by taking part in a Work Unit detail like packing boxes of food for needy families or helping Habitat for Humanity build homes.

An important aspect of maintaining these exemplary standards is STARTRAC, a continuous system of checks and balances allowing the Sheriff and his top detention staff to ensure that Broward County jails operate efficiently and with the interests of the staff and offenders in mind.

The latest ACA accreditations follow respected endorsements for the BSO from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). Those, along with previous ACA accreditations helped the BSO win the prestigious Triple Crown award from the National Sheriff’s Association in 1999. The Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC) also recognized BSO in August 2000.

This release by:

H.Graf / Media Relations

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