Pinellas Jail Earns Reaccreditation
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said it is a triple accredited (corrections, correctional health care and law enforcement) agency that is recognized by the National Sheriff’s Association. Less than 1 percent of the sheriffs offices in the U.S. are triple accredited.
PINELLAS COUNTY – The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s Department of Detention and Corrections has been awarded reaccreditation by the American Correctional Association.
The award came Aug. 6 in in Minneapolis, MN.
ACA auditors visited the Pinellas County Jail from May, 14 to May 16 and wrote a detailed report on the facility before submitting their findings to the accreditation commission. The ACA reviewed fundamental correctional practices that included inmate and staff safety, record maintenance, enhancing staff moral and facility operations. The commission unanimously awarded the sheriff’s office with a three-year reaccreditation.
“Accreditation inspection and evaluation is a rigorous process that ensures facilities and agencies are operating properly and meeting the highest standards,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. “There were many positive comments by the ACA regarding the professionalism of Pinellas Sheriff’s Office members and the overall operation of our facility”.
The Pinellas sheriff’s office is a triple accredited (corrections, correctional health care and law enforcement) agency that is recognized by the National Sheriff’s Association. Fewer than 1 percent of the sheriff’s offices in the U.S. are triple accredited.
The American Correctional Association was founded in 1870 as the National Prison Association, changing to the American Correctional Association in 1954 to reflect their “expanding philosophy of corrections and its increasingly important role within the community and society.” The ACA uses the principles of humanity, justice, protection, opportunity, knowledge, competence, and accountability to develop sound corrections practices.
Photo shows, from left, Commissioner Jerry Hebert, Commissioner Timothy Ward, Col. Paul Halle, Capt. Jennifer Nobles, Health Services Administrator Gianluca Martinelli, Commissioner Stephanie Collins, Commissioner Michael Wade (chair) and Lt. Stacey Barrentine. Courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
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