Rutherford County Adult Detention Center earned certification after an inspection July 10 by the Tennessee Corrections Institute.
The inspection showed the facility met all applicable minimum standards, Executive Director Beth Ashe stated in a letter to Sheriff Robert Arnold.
“You are to be congratulated for attaining this degree of professionalism in your organization,” Director Ashe stated.
Sheriff Arnold said the report reflects the dedication of the staff in training and the renovations made to the Detention Center during the past two years.
“Our training program is conducted in-house that earned an ‘excellent’ rating by the inspectors,” Sheriff Arnold said. “We used inmate labor to deep-clean and paint the facility to make it healthier for our staff and inmates. The inspectors noted ‘all areas of the facility were very clean and orderly.’”
The inspection showed the Adult Detention Center was not overcrowded and that fire pull stations and fire extinguishers are checked monthly by the maintenance staff.
The report showed a population of 886 inmates when the facility was inspected July 10. Of that number, 183 were state inmates.
There were 718 males and 168 females housed in the detention center with 434 inmates awaiting trial.