COUNTY JAIL RECEIVES AWARD FOR MEDICAL STANDARDS
The National Commission of Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) awarded the Galveston County Jail it’s hard-earned re-accreditation of corrections health facilities last Friday.
NCCHC is a non-profit organization committed to improving health care within the nation’s jails and prisons, and their standards are considered to be the “best practices” for others to follow in assuring proper health care within correctional institutions. NCCHC focuses on specific and rigorous rules regarding inmate care, treatment systems, records- keeping, administration, personnel, and medical-legal issues.
Sheriff Freddie Poor said he is pleased with the Jail’s re-accreditation. “I’m very proud of our staff and the work they do every day to make sure we keep up with the tough standards set by NCCHC. Those standards help us work more efficiently, making sure we do our best to meet all legal requirements for proper inmate health care while keeping a close eye on the dollars we have to spend on that care.”
The Galveston County Jail was first accredited in 1999 and has maintained a perfect track record of re-accreditation since. NCCHC audits are conducted every three years to assure corrections facilities continue to meet all established standards.