Fairfax County Adult Detention Center Awarded National Accreditation

September 24, 2013

Justin W. Jones, Chairperson of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (CAC), and Kathy Black-Dennis, Director of Standards and Accreditation, American Correctional Association recently announced the accreditation of the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. The award was presented in conjunction with the American Correctional Association 2013 Congress of Correction on August 12, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

In presenting the award, Justin W. Jones, Chairperson of the CAC, and Christopher Epps, President of the American Correctional Association (ACA), complimented the facility on its professional level of operation and its success in completing the accreditation process. The agency is one of over 1,500 correctional organizations currently involved in accreditation across the nation.

"Meeting the rigorous standards for accreditation and documenting how we do it are challenges that we welcome," said Sheriff Mark Sites. "Our staff and volunteers are proud of the reputation we have for running a very clean, orderly and safe facility."

The accreditation program is a professional peer review process based on national standards that have evolved since the founding of the Association in 1870. The standards were developed by national leaders from the field of corrections, law, architecture, health care, and other groups who are interested in sound correctional management.

ACA standards address services, programs, health care and security operations essential to effective correctional management. Through accreditation, an agency is able to maintain a balance between protecting the public and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health, and safety of staff and offenders. Standards set by ACA reflect practical up-to-date policies and procedures and function as a management tool for agencies and facilities throughout the world.

The three-year accreditation award granted to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center does not signal the end of their involvement in the accreditation process. During the award period, staff will work to improve any deficiencies identified during the audit and maintain continuous compliance with the standards.

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