Jail gets perfect compliance rating

Published 11:17 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Charlotte County Jail recently received a state compliance rating of 100 percent for the ninth year in a row.

The county’s board of supervisors recognized the jail for the achievement, presenting a resolution to several staff members  Feb. 14.

According to Charlotte County Jail Capt. Keith Lockridge, the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) visits jails across the state and performs a detailed and unannounced inspection of each facility.

The yearly Life, Health and Safety (LHS) inspection examines each facility’s “operations, security, inmate records, staff training, food service, health care, sanitation (as well as other points),” Lockridge said.

To score 100 percent, the jails must comply with and pass each point of the inspection, he said.

Every three years, Lockridge said, the DOC performs a more in-depth audit which takes two days to complete, bringing with it more standards to meet.

“It makes you feel proud when your work is recognized,” said Lockridge.

“Hopefully the staff feels proud as well; it shows their hard work and what they achieved also.”