Flagler County's Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility has won the American Jail Association's 2023 Innovation Award for medium-sized facilities.
Chief Daniel Engert — who commands Flagler County Sheriff's Office’s Court and Detention Services — and Sheriff Rick Staly, will accept the award at AJA’s 42nd Conference and Jail Expo on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Omaha, Nebraska, according to a press release from FCSO.
The award is presented to correctional facilities that have developed innovative approaches that positively impact the industry as a whole, the press release said. Three Innovative Awards are given out, based on a facility's size: large, with more than 1,000 beds, medium, with 100-999 beds, and small, having under 100 beds.
To win, facilities must show their program significantly impacted the jail's operations and can be reasonably expected to be replicated at other facilities, the press release said.
“This is a huge honor for our detention team, FCSO and the community to be recognized and selected as a model for jails across the country to emulate,” Staly said.
In 2022, FCSO partnered with Flagler Technical College to implement the Homeward Bound Initiative for inmates. This program currently offers three certificate courses to provide job skills, training and certificates issued by the Florida Department of Education along with GED education, the press release said. The courses offered are in vinyl graphics application, a pre-apprenticeship HVAC program and a food service management and culinary course.
The county jail's Successful Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Treatment program — otherwise known as S.M.A.R.T. — is also available to address underlying substance abuse issues like mental health disorders, the press release said.
“I commend Chief Engert and his team for taking my vision and implementing an award-winning detention facility and the inmates that are taking advantage of our programs to turn their lives around to become productive citizens in the community," Staly said. "I also want to thank our community partners. Without them, this would not have been possible.”