Arlington County Sheriff's Office Wins National Recognition for

Published on February 02, 2017


  • County detention facility earns perfect score for all applicable mandatory standards

  • American Correction Association reaccreditation occurs every three years


The Arlington County Sheriff's Office has been awarded reaccreditation by the American Correctional Association Commission (ACA), whose standards are the national benchmark for the effective operation of correctional facilities in the United States.

Last fall, a review team of ACA auditors awarded the Arlington County Detention Facility a perfect score on all applicable mandatory standards, which address the services, programs and operations essential to good jail management. Among the areas that auditors review: administrative and fiscal controls, staff training and development, physical plant, safety and emergency procedures, sanitation, food service, and rules and discipline.

"I am extremely proud to be recognized by the ACA review committee as an accredited agency," Sheriff Beth Arthur said. "Accreditation means that the Arlington County Sheriff's Office strives not only to be a leader in Virginia but also nationally and to maintain procedures and operations that can be considered best practices. I am proud of the great work the staff perform day in and day out. This accreditation serves as validation of our commitment to treating all individuals with dignity and respect."

The Arlington County Sheriff's Office received a score of 99.4 percent on non-mandatory standards, significantly higher than the 90 percent minimum required.

Arlington's is one of some 160 adult detention facilities in the United States to achieve ACA accreditation, a distinction first awarded in 1995. Reaccreditation, if achieved, occurs every three years.

The Arlington County Sheriff's Office is also accredited by the Virginia Department of Corrections and the Prison Rape Elimination Act.