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Audit Findings to be Released on Detention Facility

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Auditors with the American Correctional Association have finished their audit of the Knox County Detention Facility and will release their findings at noon on Wednesday, May 18 at the Detention Facility’s Multi-Purpose Room.  The facility has been accreditated since 1995 and has always scored in the upper 90s.  The staff and administration will hear the results for the first time at the news conference.

The ACA has been assessing the facility since Monday.  ACA accreditation is mandated for the facility by the Knox County Commission.  The auditors will announce the score, talk about their findings and make recommendations.  The facility was built in 1994 and has a staff of approximately 400 and houses an average daily inmate population of 841 males.  The only female inmates housed there are the ones in the medical unit.  Women are incarcerated at the downtown jail.

The ACA was formed to standardize corrections across the country for best practices.  Being ACA accreditated improves staff training development; program strengths and weaknesses are assessed; it is a strong defense against lawsuits; it establishes a measurable criteria for upgrading operations; it helps provide a safer environment for staff and inmates; and reduces liability insurance costs.



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