|Legal Notice: The next Florida Model Jail Standards Review Committee meeting will be 9:00 a.m. - Noon, Friday, September 12, 2014, at Keiser University, 6430 Southpoint Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida 32216. The purpose will be to discuss proposed changes, issues and concerns involving the minimum standards and operations of Florida’s county and municipal jails. For more information, contact Sgt. David Harvey, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections. Download notice (pdf)|
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 work of the Florida Model Jail Standards committee, please contact:
Sgt. David Harvey
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Department of Corrections