Etowah County wants jail accredited

GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - Administrators from Etowah County are headed to Chicago this week in an effort to get their jail accredited.

The Etowah County Sheriff's Department wanted accreditation for their jail when it was built in 1994, but administrators said that hasn't been financially feasible until now.  

Scott Hassell, the county's corrections chief, said getting the jail nationally accredited will help the county apply for grants and deal with complaints and lawsuits.

"It just speaks volumes that an outside outside, independent, unbiased agency has come in and evaluated us based on a set of national standards, they far exceed the court mandated standards," Hassell said. "And so obviously that helps us liability-wise."

The Tuscaloosa County Jail is the only other county jail in Alabama accredited by the American Correctional Association.

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