(Richmond, IN)--Wayne County was formally given its accreditation Tuesday from the National Institute for Jail Operations. Wayne County is the first in a three-state region to receive that designation, and it’s meaningful for several reasons. Sheriff Jeff Cappa said it’s a protection to taxpayers. The percentage of liability to a taxpayer for a jail is normally around 70%. "When you are accredited in your jail operations, especially in the legal-based part of it, then you take that liability down from 70% to 28 or 30%," Cappa said. Cappa credited his staff. "Correctional officer is one of the most stressful jobs...just like a law enforcement officer. It takes a special person to do that kind of work." The jail had to meet 600 guidelines and work for two years to get the accreditation.