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Florida Model Jail Standards Commission

What is FMJS?

The Florida Model Jail Standards (FMJS) are minimum standards which jails across Florida must meet to ensure the constitutional rights of those incarcerated are upheld. Prior to 1996, the Florida Department of Corrections was responsible for the standards and inspection process for local county jails. Legislation was passed in 1996 that gave the authority of inspections to the local level. This change required the Florida Sheriffs Association and Florida Association of Counties to appoint individuals to serve on a Committee that would govern standards that local jails must comply with.

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FMJS Inspection Process

Inspections are required every year for county jails. Inspections do not need to be conducted at the same time every year; however, they must be completed by August 1 in accordance with FMJS Standard 3.1. Inspectors must be certified in order to conduct sanctioned inspections.

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FMJS Training

Jail Inspectors and Jail Medical Inspectors must be certified in order to conduct inspections.

The Jail Inspectors Course

The Jail Inspectors Course is taught by members of the FMJS Training Subcommittee. This is a five-day course which covers the history of jail standards, sanitation, food service, fire safety, report writing, legal and inspection methods. To be qualified as an inspector, you must complete the course and also meet the qualifications specified in the FMJS.

The Jail Medical Inspectors Course

The Jail Medical Inspectors Course is taught by members of the FMJS Medical Subcommittee. This is a four-day course which covers the history of jail standards, standards review, documentation, pharmacy rules and regulations, inspection techniques, medical records review and collection, legal aspects and report submission. In order to become a certified Jail Medical Inspector, you must complete this certification course as well as meet the qualifications specified in the FMJS.

Recertification for inspectors must be completed every four years.

FMJS Jail and Medical Certifications are valid until December 31 of the fourth certification anniversary date. Each FMJS Jail and Medical Inspector must complete an eight-hour Refresher/Recertification Class. Successful completion of the eight-hour refresher course includes a test at the end of the course. You must achieve a score of 80% or better to pass the recertification course.

Basic Certification Course for Inspectors

Course Details

The Jail Inspector’s course is a five-day course, taught by members of the FMJS Training Sub-committee. The class combines classroom activities and hands-on learning that may require several hours of walking.

This course covers:

  • The history of jail standards
  • Standards review
  • Sanitation
  • Food service
  • Fire safety
  • Report writing
  • Legal
  • Inspections methods

Locations are currently being considered for Basic Certification courses for Jail Inspector. If you would like one in your area, please contact our team.

How to Become a Jail Inspector

To become a FMJS Certified Jail Inspector, you must successfully complete the FMJS Inspector Certification Course and be recognized by the FMJS Committee to conduct correctional operations inspections. The certification is valid for four years. All FMJS inspectors are required to successfully complete an eight-hour (8) re-certification course every four years in order to maintain the certification.

Qualifications

A candidate must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Must be actively employed and/or retired certified with five years’ experience in the care, custody and control of inmates
  • Civilian employee must have eight years of experience in the jail operations.
  • Have a written endorsement from the candidate’s sheriff.
  • If the candidate is not employed by a Sheriff’s Office, written endorsement must be submitted from the chief executive officer of the correctional facility with which the candidate is employed.

Jail Medical Inspectors Course

Course Details

The Jail Medical Inspector’s Course is a three-day course taught by members of the FMJS Medical subcommittee. The curriculum covers:

  • The history of jail standards
  • Standards review
  • Documentation
  • Pharmacy rules and regulations
  • Inspection techniques
  • Medical records review and collection
  • Legal aspects
  • Report submission

Locations are currently being considered for the Jail Medical Inspector Certification courses. If you would like one in your area, please contact our team.

How to Become a Jail Medical Inspector

To become a FMJS Certified Jail Medical Inspector, you must successfully complete the FMJS Medical Inspector Certification Course and be recognized by the FMJS Committee to conduct medical compliance inspections. The certification is valid for four years. All FMJS medical inspectors are required to successfully complete an eight-hour recertification course every four years in order to maintain the certification.

Qualifications

A candidate must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • State of Florida Licensed Health Professional (restricted to physicians, nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners, physician assistants, EMT’s and paramedics), and;
  • Actively employed or retired from active employment in a jail or prison setting for a minimum of three years, and;
  • Written endorsement from the candidate’s sheriff and – if services are contracted – an endorsement from the candidate’s employing chief executive officer.
  • If the candidate is not employed by a Sheriff’s Office, written endorsement(s) must be submitted from the chief executive officer of the correctional facility with which the candidate is employed.

Awards & Nominations

Annual FMJS Inspector of the Year and Team Leader of the Year Award Nominations:

Each year we honor members of the FMJS community by presenting awards to deserving individuals who ensure and maintain the integrity of the FMJS process. This is a great opportunity to recognize the exceptional work FMJS professionals do around the state. We encourage you to get your nominations in as soon as possible; the deadline for nominations is January 1 annually.

FMJS Medical Inspector of the Year Award:

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Currently holds an active FMJS certificate
  • Health care license or EMT certificates remain current
  • Currently or previously employed in a correctional setting

Selection Criteria:
Actively participates in yearly inspections, actively participates in inspections as Team Leader, and provides agency assistance. The Inspector nomination form must carry the endorsement of the administrator of the agency in which the inspector is currently employed. Inspector demonstrates exceptional knowledge and assistance to the agency being inspected.

FMJS Inspector of the Year

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Currently holds an active FMJS certificate
  • Currently or previously employed in a correctional setting

Selection Criteria:
Actively participates in yearly inspections, actively participates in inspections as Team Leader, and provide agency assistance. The Inspector nomination form must carry the endorsement of the administrator of the agency in which the inspector is currently employed. Demonstrates exceptional knowledge and assistance to the agency being inspected.

FMJS Team Leader of the Year

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Leadership
  • Currently holds an active FMJS certificate
  • Coaching and mentoring FMJS Inspectors
  • Demonstrated commitment to the FMJS process
  • Currently or previously employed in a correctional setting.

Selection Criteria:
Actively participates in yearly inspections, actively participates in inspections as Team Leader, and provide agency assistance. The Inspector nomination form must carry the endorsement of the administrator of the agency in which the inspector is currently employed. Team Leader demonstrates exceptional knowledge and assistance to the agency being inspected. Coordinates the inspection with the assigned team members and demonstrates exceptional leadership skills.

FMJS Chairman’s Award

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Currently or previously employed in a correctional setting
  • Contributions have made significant improvement to the FMJS process.

Selection Criteria:
Actively participates in the process, for outstanding achievement, innovation, creativity, and smart work that measurably increases the FMJS program efficiency, or furthers the FMJS goals. The nomination must carry the endorsement of the sheriff or county administrator of the agency in which the individual is employed.

Committee Responsibilities

Responsibilities of Nominating Committees:

  • Review all nominations submitted for the various awards
  • Each sub-committee chairman provides input
  • Make recommendation to full committee.

Responsibilities of Full committee:

Select the most deserving individual to receive the awards based on the information provided by the nominating committees.

The Chairman of the FMJS Committee will prepare a memorandum and mail to each Sheriff and Jail Administrator notifying them of the nomination process for the FMJS Awards. This memorandum will be mailed no later than December 1 of each year.

Submissions will need to be submitted to the nominating committee no later than January 30 of each year. Awards will be presented at the Executive Leadership Conference.

Have a recommendation?

Submit changes to the FMJS by using the FMJS Revision Form (Word file). Once complete, click the button below to forward to Technical Assistance Subcommittee Chair Inspector James Aguiar.