Lassen County Jail Achieves National Accreditation for Health Standards Excellence


The Lassen County Jail passes with flying colors, achieving accreditation for upholding quality health standards for inmates.

In an open statement, Captain John McGarva said the Sheriff’s Office has “a constitutional obligation to provide health care to those incarcerated” and is “committed to doing so with innovation, excellence, and efficiency,” Cpt McGarva recognized the dedication and hard work of the jail’s health care, custody, and leadership staff to achieve such success.

The Lassen County Jail is now nationally accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), showcasing compliance with national standards for correctional health services.

Accreditation is a voluntary process, and to earn this recognition, the facility underwent a thorough assessment, ensuring compliance with standards in patient care, safety, governance, personnel training, and more. The Type 2 facility, a maximum capacity of 228 inmates, conducted policy reviews, updated medical screening procedures, and implemented training for inmate workers.

The accreditation marks a significant achievement in its 45-year history.