RSW rated 100 percent on state standards audit

FRONT ROYAL – The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail has received a perfect score from a state audit conducted at the facility.

The audit, performed under the auspices of the Board of Corrections, found RSW complied with all minimum standards deemed applicable to the facility. Superintendent William Wilson said the audit was conducted by two corrections officials who spent three days at RSW.

In a memo to other members of the jail authority, Wilson said passing the audit “is not an easy task, especially for a new facility.”

He praised Megan LaConia, the jail’s safety and compliance officer, for her role in the favorable outcome.

“She accepted the position with little time to get ready for the audit and was able to compile all the required documentation,” Wilson said.

The state’s administrative code covering jails and lockups specifies 144 standards that must be met, not all of which are applicable to RSW.

The items include facility cleanliness; lighting and heating; inmate exercise; conditions for inmate participation in educational release or rehabilitation release programs; inmate discipline and security; supervision of medical services by a licensed physician; security of entrances and doors; and a suicide prevention and intervention plan.

Wilson said after a meeting of the jail authority Thursday that the Board of Corrections conducts announced audits of jails once every three years. The recently completed audit was the first of its kind for the jail since it opened in July 2014.

“I’m just proud of my staff for doing an excellent job,” Wilson said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com