(Lawrenceville Ga., July 30, 2012) - Gwinnett County's
Department of Corrections has received national
accreditation. The department received its first
accreditation in 2009, according to Warden David Peek.
"This achievement shows that we meet or exceed rigorous
standards for administrative and fiscal controls, staff
training and development, physical plant, rules and
discipline, safety and emergency procedures, offender
health care, sanitation and food service," said Peek.
A team of auditors from the American Correctional
Association spent three days examining documents, viewing
operations, and interviewing staff members and inmates.
Their findings went to the Commission on Accreditation for
Corrections, which granted the three-year accreditation on
Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, "This
process involves a grueling series of reviews, evaluations,
audits and hearings, but I'm not surprised that our
dedicated staff passed all these tests with flying colors."
"This renewal means that our staff is maintaining the same
high quality standards," said Peek.
The department operates an 800-bed correctional complex
that houses both state and County inmates. Some work on
supervised crews that provide janitorial and landscaping
services at county-owned buildings, parks and roadways.