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 November 18th, 2013  
St. Lucie County jail receives eighth consecutive perfect score after recent annual inspection, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara
 
After an inspection of the St. Lucie County jail last week by a panel of experts, the jail achieved a perfect score — for the eighth year in a row, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
   
"I am extremely proud of the 264 professionals of our Department of Detention," Sheriff Mascara said. "To achieve 100 percent compliance with 106 mandatory standards and 139 non-mandatory standards is outstanding. To do so eight years in a row is truly exceptional."

Sheriff Mascara said: "Those who are placed in jail usually are facing many challenges in their personal lives. We are committed to providing a clean, safe and well-operated facility for those in our care, custody and control."

The standards were developed by the Florida Model Jail Inspection program, which began in 1996. The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office has participated in the program since that date. The Sheriff's Office also joined the Florida Correction Accreditation program in 2000, and the jail has been continuously reaccredited since.

The Florida Model Jail Standards were designed to ensure the constitutional rights of those incarcerated. The committee that develops and oversees the standards consists of members appointed by the Florida Sheriffs' Association and the Florida Association of Counties.

The St. Lucie County jail's first 100 percent compliance score came in the 2006 - 2007 fiscal year. For the previous fiscal year, 2005 - 2006, the jail met all applicable standards except for those related to overcrowding. In the following fiscal year, two new living units were opened, bringing the permanent bed count at the jail to 1,370, where it stands today.

Sheriff Mascara said all members of the Department of Detention made positive contributions to the detailed preparation that made a perfect score possible.

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