Maricopa County Lower Buckeye Jail was opened in April 2005 and is the largest detention facility in Arizona. Its design is based on Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “no frills” philosophy, and provides safety and security for staff and inmates. The Facility currently houses all classifications of inmates, and includes separate housing for juvenile inmates (who are remanded on adult charges) and various types of special management inmates.
The housing units were designed to minimize inmate movement by providing needs (such as medical, education, visitation, religious services and various rehabilitation programs) within the inmate’s assigned housing unit, thus practically eliminating routine inmate movement. Along with safety and security, employee needs were also a priority in the design. Conference and training rooms were added to provide quality training. Break-room areas and an exercise facility with male and female locker rooms are available for employee use. Many innovative tools were designed and utilized to make operations more streamlined, staff friendly, and to increase security. A few of these tools include Video Visitation, Nice Vision Recording, Touch Screen Controls, and the Iris Scan.
Maricopa County Lower Buckeye Jail has the territory of 604,743 sq. ft. within the facility, on which there are 2,856 rooms and 1,121 cells. The total inmate capacity is 2,440 – including six no-bed single transition rooms. There are 661 security and surveillance cameras, 166 Video Visitation Screens, 44 Touch Screen Controls, 4,048 keys to operate 60 various locks, 11 Elevators – 9 passenger and 2 freight, 918 full-functioning sliding pneumatic doors for security, 262 inmate telephones and 44 TDD jacks for use with TDD machines. 355 Detention Officers and 20 certified ICE Officers required to staff the facility. There are also 63 visitor video visitation booths. Maricopa County Lower Buckeye Jail has its own medical clinic (60 Total inmate capacity Infirmary). Total inmate capacity of the Psychiatric Unit is 268.