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The Department of Detention is responsible for the operation of the Santa Rosa County Detention Facility. We operate the facility 24/7 with a professional staff of sworn Detention Deputies, civilian support staff, contract medical and kitchen personnel. Our facility has a rated capacity of 698 inmates. We have 23 dorm housing units for inmates. The facility is a podular style indirect supervision facility that opened in August 1997. Our facility houses all custody levels of pretrial and sentenced inmates. Inmates are housed based on their custody level as determined by our Objective Jail Classification System. The average daily population for 2012 until May 2013 was 436 inmates. Our peak inmate population during 2012 until May 2013 was 580 inmates. The Detention Division ACR Unit processed (booked) 8,982 inmates from January 2012 to May 30, 2013. The ACR Unit operates with a total of one supervisor, 4 Deputies and 1 civilian Booking Clerk. To keep overtime at a minimum, one of these staff members are flexed off during the pay period.
The GPS/Offender Registration area has moved. The new location is physically attached to the Main Sheriff’s Office. It is located next to the Roll-Up vehicle garage area. The area is marked with the sign below. Instructions to enter are posted below the sign.
For a total of 1,455 processed through the Offender Registration Unit
The ABE/GED program had 29 students enrolled. 5 inmates prior to release received their GED. The other inmate participants once released from the facility did not continue to pursue their GED. The main goal of Inmate Programs is to provide offenders the opportunity to improve their educational level, learn new work and life skills, and begin the treatment process to confront substance abuse and domestic violence problems. All programs are designed to provide a constructive means for self-improvement while incarcerated, and to prepare inmates for release through referrals to similar community programs.
The ERT team is a team of highly trained correctional Deputies tasked with responding to incidents, riots, cell extractions, mass searches, or disturbances in the Detention facility. ERT team members are required to be contactable and available to respond at all times. ERT is founded upon a team concept and is made up of highly motivated officers. The Detention ERT team has 17 current members assigned to the team. The candidate for the ERT team must pass a physical agility test, interview process and possess the skills necessary to be accepted as a team member.
The Detention Division utilizes the Objective Jail Classification System to classify inmates. The OJC system assesses every inmate’s custody and program needs and is considered one of the most important management tools available to jails administrators and criminal justice system planners.
The Detention Division participates in community programs in order for us to “give back” to our community. The Detention Special Programs Initiative participated in the following programs: Coats for Kids Canna for Manna Cram the Van The Detention Shifts compete with each other during the “special programs” to see who can gather the most food, coats or school supplies. The winning shift (they are all winners for participating) receives a pizza party or sub party from monies donated by Detention Administration personnel.
From January 2012 to May 2013, there were approximately 980 services conducted for inmates. 1,300 Bibles distributed to inmates 700 inmates received Pastoral counseling.
Our inmate work crews perform many duties that would otherwise be a cost to the taxpayer such as maintaining facility grounds and building projects. We use approximately 98 inmate workers on a daily basis for various job duties within and outside the facility.
The Sheriff’s Office houses Federal and FBOP inmates by contract with the United States Marshal’s Service. From January 2013 to May 2013, approximately 50 inmates were housed monthly for this contract. These funds generated are deposited in the Santa Rosa County General Fund.The average length of stay for an inmate from January 2013 to May 2013 was 28 days.
Average monthly transports to outside medical: 6% Average monthly transports to court actions: 66% Average monthly transports to DOC: 4% Average monthly pickups for court:6% Average monthly Federal transports: 3% Average monthly video court: 10% The Unit travels approximately 75,000 miles per year transporting detainees.
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