“To have a perfect score one year is extremely good. To have two is exceptional,” said Bradley County Juvenile Court Judge Daniel Swafford.
The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services audit determines whether a facility will be licensed to house children.
According to Swafford, the person responsible for achieving this accomplishment is Andre Carr, juvenile detention coordinator.
Carr began his career at the Bradley County Juvenile Center seven years ago as a corrections officer. Today he is the juvenile detention coordinator, a position he has held for the past two years.
“Andre is a standout in terms of his commitment and enthusiasm,” said Swafford.
During the inspection, an auditor checks employee records to ensure training requirements have been met, background records, fingerprint records and physical inspections have been met.
Juvenile records are also audited to ensure his/her legal rights have been given, proper medical attention has been met, he/she is abiding by their requirements of drug court (if applicable) and receiving educational curriculum.
The inspection also includes building security and cleanliness and that the facility is current on fire safety codes.
“There is a lot to it, but we have such a collaborative group of people here, that we can all work together and get the job done,” said Carr.
“This place is operated to where we could pass an inspection everyday,” he said.
The Bradley County Juvenile Center is structured to house up to 26 children.
“We handle cases from little Johnny won’t go to school to little Johnny killed someone. It’s such a wide spectrum of the cases we handle here,” said Swafford.
The Bradley County Juvenile Center is directed by Terry Gallaher. Mike Ream is the assistant director at the facility.
For more information about the audit, contact the center at 728-7257.