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 November 19th, 2009  
St. Lucie County jail passes inspection by Model Jail Standards inspection team, Sheriff Mascara announces

A 16-member inspection team that recently completed a state-required inspection of the St. Lucie County jail showed that the jail is in compliance with applicable standards, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.


"The 28-page report issued by the inspection team found the St. Lucie County jail was in 100 percent compliance with standards governing all operations of the county jail, including medical facilities, laundry, food service and security procedures," said Sheriff Mascara. "This demonstrates the professionalism and dedication of the men and women, civilian and sworn, who work at the jail and keep it running smoothly."


The inspection report noted that the number of showerheads in some of the housing areas did not meet the desired ratio of one shower head for every 16 detainees, but the report indicated that no corrective action was necessary.


"The reason for this is that the day of the inspection, there was a detainee population of 1,434, and the jail has 1,370 permanent beds," Sheriff Mascara said. "We have operated the jail with inmate counts in excess of the number of permanent beds for a period of several years."


State law requires that county jails must meet or exceed the Florida Model Jail Standards that were the basis for the Oct. 23 inspection of the St. Lucie County jail.

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