The Marion County Jail (Detention / Dispatch division) is located at the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. The operations of these two entities are under the supervision of a Jail Administrator. The detention / dispatch division is also the Marion County 911 answering and dispatch center and consists of 2 separate 911 consoles.
The Marion County Jail is responsible for the safety and security of the inmates and jail; answering all emergency 911 calls; all other incoming phone calls; handling radio communications for the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, as well as other law enforcement agencies such as: Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish, National Park Service, Flippin Police Department, and the Bull Shoals Police Department; handling radio traffic for all Marion County Volunteer Fire Departments and Marion County Search and Rescue; entering and maintaining accurate records, warrants, stolen property reports, missing persons reports and served orders of protectionInmates are segregated from the normal correctional centre population at their own request or by the order of the governor due to a potential threat to the safety of an individual. Protection inmates are usually held in groups with similar requirements.; handling all inquiries and entries into the NCIC / ACIC system; and coordinating sheriff’s department operations with other law enforcement agencies.
The Marion County Jail meets all requirements of the Arkansas Jail Standards and Arkansas Department of Health. The Jail / Dispatch division is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days per year. All Detention Officers are required to complete a 40 hour Jail Standards class to be certified as a jailor and all dispatches must be certified through the Arkansas Crime Information Center.
All persons who are arrested and taken into custodyThe condition of being in the care of the police, Corrective Services or Juvenile Justice as opposed being at liberty in the community. are transported to the Detention Center for booking and incarceration. The jail houses both pre-trial detainees and post-conviction inmates who are serving sentences or awaiting transport to the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Inmates are segregated from one another based on gender, previous convictions, and other safety considerations. The inmates do not have access to television nor are they allowed to use any type of tobacco products. The Marion County Detention Center has a jail nurse on staff. The typical meals consist of cereal, milk and orange juice for breakfast; bologna sandwich for lunch, and a microwaveable meal for dinner.