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Mar 26, 2024

Press Release

(Gwinnett County, GA, March 26, 2024) – The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office achieved a 100 percent accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) in compliance with the NCCHC’s Standards of Health Services in Jails. This accreditation recognizes the commitment of our organization to improve the quality of care and treatment, health promotion, safety and disease prevention, governance and administration, personnel and training, specialty needs and services, and medical-legal procedures.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office underwent a rigorous professional assessment in December of 2023. During the assessment, correctional health care physicians and experts meticulously inspected our facility to ensure adherence to established standards. Criteria categorized as “Essential,” necessitated a 100 percent score, while “Important” required a score of 85%. We surpassed expectations by earning 100 percent across all categories, meeting a total of 57 guidelines.

“Addressing and meeting the medical needs of a population that often lacks adequate services is vital,” said Sheriff Keybo Taylor. “We look forward to the opportunity to further our partnership with FirstClass Healthcare in advancing care and safety for the residents of Gwinnett County.”

“The dedication and commitment of our staff to excellence is unmatched,” said Chief Cleophas Atwater. “I am appreciative of the efforts of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and FirstClass Healthcare personnel to ensure that our agency continues to serve our community at the highest levels.”

“The recent NCCHC accreditation of the Gwinnett County Jail demonstrates our mutual commitment to high-quality, timely, and effective healthcare for those detained in this facility,” said FirstClass Healthcare CEO, Benjamin Lefkove.

NCCHC has promoted correctional health care for more than 40 years and has affected the health of nearly 500,000 incarcerated people per year. They provide guidance to assist professionals and administrators with the improvement of services for incarcerated populations leading to increased efficiency of health service delivery and stronger organizational effectiveness.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office believes that access to health care is a basic human right. We have an obligation to provide health care to those incarcerated in our jail, and we are committed to doing so with innovation, excellence, and efficiency. We commend our Jail Operations Division and FirstClass Healthcare medical staff for their hard work and dedication.


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