Legal Notice: Notice is hereby given that the Florida Model Jail Standards Review Committee will hold a meeting to which all interested persons are invited. Anyone wishing to record the meeting may do so but must provide their own equipment.
Date and Time: Friday, March 14th, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Location: Keiser University, 6430 Southpoint Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Purpose: To discuss proposed changes, issues and concerns involving the minimum standards and operations of Florida’s county and municipal jails.
Please be advised that the Florida Model Jail Standards may be obtained by contacting the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections, Security Unit (Sergeant David Harvey), Jacksonville, Florida 32202 or in person at 500 East Adams Street, Jacksonville, Florida. All inquiries may be made by calling 904-630-5724.
The Florida Model Jail Standards are minimum standards which jails across Florida must meet ensure the constitutional rights of those incarcerated are upheld. Prior to 1996, the Florida Department of Corrections was responsible for the standards and inspection process for local county jails. Legislation was passed in 1996 that gave the authority of inspections to the local level. This change required the Florida Sheriffs Association and Florida Association of Counties to appoint individuals to serve on a Committee that would govern standards that local jails must comply with.
The Florida Model Jail Standards Committee has three representatives appointed by the Florida Sheriffs Association and two appointed by the Florida Association of Counties. Florida Sheriffs Association provides support to the FMJS Committee; however the FMJS Committee is a separate entity. Committee members serve two-year terms and elect a chair. The goal of the FMJS Committee is to develop and continually enforce model standards adopted by the group. There are five subcommittees each having distinct missions and objectives:
Jails can also seek accreditation by a state or national level accrediting agency. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. The accreditation process is rigorous; however, it offers Sheriffs’ Offices “best practices,” allows them to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and reduce liabilities within jails.
Training, Inspections and More. Use the links on the lefthand navigation to reach additional FMJS pages.
If you have questions about the Florida Model Jail Standards program, please contact:
Jail Services Coordinator
Florida Sheriffs Association