The Chaves County Detention Center is the first in the state to receive a Certificate of Accreditation from the Adult Detention Professional Standards Council. The certificate was awarded Thursday evening at the closing session of the New Mexico Association of Counties’ annual conference.
The Certificate of Accreditation is given to county detention facilities that meet or exceed best practice standards in detention, as developed by the ADPSC.
CCDC Administrator Sandra Stewart helped to set the standards for accreditation under the voluntary program. She said it had been her goal to be the first detention facility to receive the honor.
NMAC Executive Director Paul Gutierrez said, “The Adult Detention Professional Standards Council has developed strong, yet attainable, professional standards to improve detention facilities in New Mexico.”
Chaves County Commissioner James Duffey applauded CCDC’s efforts.
“Chaves County is dedicated to supporting best practices in detention and is honored to be the first county to be accredited by the Adult Detention Professional Standards Council.”
The ADPSC is a joint initiative of NMAC and the New Mexico Municipal League. The ADPSC’s mission is to enhance professionalism, uniformity and consistency in the management and operation of detention facilities in New Mexico.
In 2010, ADPSC developed the voluntary accreditation program based on best practice recommendations of organizations such as the American Correctional Association, as well as best practices policies and procedures of detention facilities across the nation. Curry, Doña Ana, Eddy, Lea, San Juan, San Miguel, and Sandoval counties are currently pursuing ADPSC accreditation for their adult detention centers.
ADPSC Chair Manuel Romero said, “As the first county to attain accreditation, Chaves County Detention Center is leading the effort to modernize detention facilities in New Mexico.” He congratulated Chaves County Detention Administrator Sandra Stewart and her staff on this major accomplishment.
Stewart credited the 65 employees who make up the Chaves County Detention Center with the success. “It was a team effort and is a team achievement.”