MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Morris County Correctional Facility in Morris Township has been accredited for a sixth consecutive time, mastering standards set by the American Correctional Association for jails on nutrition, security, cleanliness and quality of life, stated the Morris County Sheriff's Office.
In May, auditors for the American Correctional Association, a private, non-profit corrections accrediting group, visited the jail in May, stated officials. The auditors toured, examined records, and talked to staff and inmates at the county jail over a three-day period. The tour culminated last weekend with reaccreditation of the jail during an ACA conference in New Orleans.
The Morris County Jail received a 100 percent compliance score on 383 standards evaulated by the auditors, stated officials. There are fewer than 150 county jails out of more than 3,000 are accredited, they said.
The Sheriff's Office stated that the report noted extensive protocols in place to prevent inmate suicides and stated no suicides occurred in more than 12 years. An average of 44 percent of the inmates are on psychotropic medications, and all inmates who enter the facility on psychiatric medication or with a significant mental health history are referred to a psychiatrist, they said. The audit stated that the audit team spoke in May with 68 inmates and 39 staff members, both sworn and civilian.
“The staff was universally professional and obviously proud of their role in the facility operations. They were knowledgeable about their jobs and eager to discuss them,” the audit states.
The correctional facility, situated off John Street in Morris Township, opened in May 2000 to replace a deteriorating and overcrowded jail in Morristown that was built in the 1930s. The new jail includes eight housing pods and operates on a direct supervision model.
“The MCCF effectively houses minimum, medium and maximum-security levels in one building, providing a safe, orderly and secure environment with minimal tension,” the audit concluded.