NEWS | May 15, 2013

Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston receives eighth consecutive accreditation recommendation

By NAVCONBRIG Public Affairs

The Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston at Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station, received its eighth consecutive 100 percent compliance accreditation recommendation during an April audit and inspection from the American Correctional Association. NAVCONBRIG Charleston is the only correctional facility in the United States to achieve the unique feat in ACA's 143 year history.

ACA is a national accreditation agency that inspects prison and correctional facilities, while auditing 500 standards ranging from prisoner treatment to security and tool control. The primary inspection is conducted by a team of three or four auditors examining two categories of standards. The first is "non-mandatory" items, which must pass with 90 percent. The second and most critical category is "mandatory" items, which must meet all standards with 100 percent efficiency. NAVCONBRIG Charleston received 100 percent on both.

"The auditors carefully examine each standard and ensure their compliance by evaluating the administrative folders, and more importantly, how we conduct business on a day to day basis," said Steve Laird, NAVCONBRIG Charleston's technical director. Laird explained the three-day audit is similar to military inspections even though the ACA is a non-military organization.

NAVCONBRIG Charleston Commanding Officer, Navy Commander Chadwick Bryant, was proud of his command and the exceptional job of his crew and staff.

"The command's outstanding achievement is a testament to our daily commitment of bearing the standard in correctional excellence and I couldn't be more proud of the dedication and hard work of my Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, and civilians," Bryant said.

Since its commissioning on November 30, 1989, the medium security level II correctional facility has been reaccredited eight times by ACA. NAVCONBRIG Charleston representatives will attend an upcoming ACA Congress, in which they will appear before an accreditation panel to receive the actual accreditation award.

NAVCONBRIG Charleston's mission is to ensure the security, good order, discipline and safety of prisoners and detained personnel; to return as many personnel to honorable service as possible; and to teach skills necessary to become productive citizens.