Adult Detention Accreditation Program
The New Mexico Association of Counties Detention Affiliate has long recognized the importance of professional standards. While New Mexico juvenile detention facilities are required to operate pursuant to mandatory standards, attempts to legislate mandatory adult detention standards had repeatedly failed in the New Mexico state legislature. In 2009 the affiliate decided to develop New Mexico standards for use in a voluntary accreditation program supported by the New Mexico Association of Counties and New Mexico Municipal League.
The standards drafting committee represented small, medium, and large New Mexico detention facilities. The committee reviewed ACA standards, NCCHC standards, and draft PREA standards as well as state standards from around the country. The purpose of this review was to incorporate the best language and principles that had already been developed. The committee also drafted special standards required by state law and amended language from other standards to make it state specific. The resulting standards are ambitious, attainable, and necessary.
All county detention facilities are encouraged to comply with these standards and seek accreditation. The New Mexico Association of Counties staff is available to assist counties in this endeavor.
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