Nebraska Jail Standards Award of Excellence

Donna Hayes, Knox County chief jailer and Sheriff Don Henery accept the 2018 Jail Standards Award of Excellence from Denny Macomber, chief of the Jail Standards Division of the Nebraska Crime Commission. The plaque was presented during an award banquet Thursday, April 18, at the 2019 Nebraska Correctional Administrators and Managers Association/Jail Standards Spring Conference.

The Knox County Jail has been awarded the Nebraska Jail Standards Award of Excellence in Operations for 2018.

The award, which is presented to one jail in Nebraska each year, was presented last Thursday during the 2019 Conference for the Nebraska Correctional Administrators and Managers Association/Jail Standards Spring Conference. The conference was held April 17-19 at Kearney’s Ramada Inn.

Sheriff Don Henery and Donna Hayes, chief jailer for the county, attended the conference and accepted the award from Denny Macomber, the chief of the jail standards division of the Nebraska Crime Commission.

“This award is the result of all our staff, the Knox County deputies and jailer/dispatchers, working together to operate a jail, that may be old, but still runs smooth and functional,” Henery said. “And also treats inmates with firm but fair treatment.”

The jail, one of the older ones in the state, was constructed in 1934, according to Henery. This is the first time Knox County has received the award.

One jail in the state is selected for the award annually, based on inspections by Jail Standards investigators.

Jail Standards is the regulatory arm of the Nebraska Crime Commission that oversees county jails across Nebraska, providing spot checks and ensuring jails remain in good condition.

The Knox County Jail has consistently complied with all state and federal jail standards.