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SJC Detention Center Receives Accreditation

Feb. 3, 2017


February 3, 2017

The San Juan County Detention Center was recently recognized for achieving a second three-year Detention Center Accreditation from the New Mexico Association of Counties. The Accreditation Program is a joint initiative between the New Mexico Association of Counties, New Mexico Municipal League and the Adult Detention Professional Standards Committee to promote and enhance the professional detention standards within all New Mexico County detention facilities.

The program was developed based on industry best practices from organizations such as the National Institution of Corrections, The American Correctional Association as well as best practice policies and procedures of detention facilities from across the nation. Detention facilities are evaluated on 208 professional standards ranging from administration, physical plant, safety/security controls, medical and mental healthcare services, and inmate programs. In order to receive accreditation, a detention center must pass an on-site inspection which evaluates all 208 standards.

San Juan County Commission Chairman Jack Fortner is very pleased with the accreditation. “This third-party review of our Adult Detention Center facility is a testament to the professional job being done by our staff on a daily basis. We are quite proud of having met the high standard for providing detention services as set by the New Mexico Association of Counties Accreditation Program.”


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