Hancock Jail first in state to earn perfect ACA accreditation score
By Dwayne Bremer
Dec 17, 2013, 18:39
The Hancock County Jail is now a nationally accredited facility last week becoming became the first jail in the state of Mississippi to earn a perfect score from the American Correctional Association (ACA).
"It was a big honor to get a perfect score," Jail Warden Evan Hubbard said Monday. "Our administration and staff members did an outstanding job preparing for this. I owe them a lot of the credit."
The jail opened in 2012 after the county was without a facility for seven years in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The new facility, located inside the Hancock County Public Safety Complex on Highway 90. is capable of housing up to 300 inmates.
Currently, there are about 200 inmates at the jail, 80 of which are state inmates taking part in the Mississippi Department of Corrections drug and alcohol rehab program.
Ever since the jail opened last year, Hubbard and his staff have been preparing for the ACA accreditation test, he said. "The accreditation includes how you run your day-to-day operations, your polices and procedures, accountability, cleanliness of your facility, and overall operation," Hubbard said.
Earlier this year, ACA officials spent three days at the jail observing the operation, talking to staff members and grading their performance. The jail perfect scores in each area graded, Hubbard said. Being an ACA-accredited offers many benefits, including helping with liability and future contracts for state and federal inmates, officials said.
"I am proud of everyone who has helped make this happen," Hubbard said. "It was truly a team effort."