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Top Score for Sheriff's Detention Facility

Thursday, 19 May 2011

The Knox County Sheriff’s Detention Facility received an almost perfect score from auditors with the American Correctional Association on Wednesday.  The facility was awarded a 99.6% and was in compliance with all of the mandatory standards.  The only non-compliance found was out of the hands of the staff of the facility and that was compensation and benefits for the corrections workers.  The ACA said that the correctional staff’s pay was not on par with patrol officers whose work is just as dangerous as those who work in a jail.  The pay scale is set by the Sheriff’s Merit Council.  According to the ACA auditors pay parity is a problem at jails across the country.

They praised the staff for their hospitality, professionalism, and commitment to excellence.  The Assistant Chief of Corrections, Rodney Bivens, said the high score is the result of the dedication of the staff and he praised them for their hard work.

The facility located on Maloneyville Road has been audited every three years since 1995 and has always received a high score.  Auditors said they were impressed with the cleanliness of the facility and the “excellent meals.”



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