Posted: Sep 20, 2010 12:03 PM by Greg Boyce
The Pueblo County Detention Facility last week received accreditation from the American Correctional Association.
The accreditation process included an audit to see if the jail, operated by the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, had met 386 standards set by the A.C.A. for detention facilities.
A letter sent to Sheriff Kirk Taylor said, "The American Correctional Association finds that the Pueblo County Jail is 100% compliant with all [applicable] mandatory standards and 94.81% of all non-mandated standards."
The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office lost their accreditation in 2005 due to overcrowding and facility degradation. Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said "When I began my first term as your Sheriff, it was obvious how much the jail was in need of resources and leadership. The condition of the jail was such that including my first day in office a total of three dynamic escapes had occurred over a three year period. I was informed that the jail could not be accredited but I believed in the men and women of the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office. They worked very diligently toward making the detention facility a safer place, not only for the inmates and the community, but also the deputies that work here."