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Juvenile facility for girls in Chestertown to receive national accreditation

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Posted at 3:01 PM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 15:31:39-04

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services’ J. DeWeese Carter Center has received national accreditation from the American Correctional Association and the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections.

After reviewing hundreds of standards conducted by the ACA audit team, it was determined that the facility met all 40 mandatory standards plus all but six of the 331 non-mandatory standards, for a final compliance rating of 98%.

“With Carter as our only hardware-secure facility for girls in the state, it is very important for the Department to ensure that the program meets national juvenile justice standards and best practices,” said DJS Secretary Sam Abed. “I am so appreciative of the staff that worked diligently to get us to this point, allowing us to provide better outcomes for these young ladies.”

The facility is the first of its kind to receive national accreditation in the State of Maryland and has joined the ranks as one of about 500 facilities nationwide.