The Hardin County Jail (Correctional Center) is a detention center intended for the incarceration of persons charged with state or local crimes, persons serving sentences under court order, persons waiting trial, persons waiting extradition to another jurisdiction or state, and detainees from other local agencies under jurisdictional agreement. It is also a detention facility for the Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Therefore, this facility is required to meet both state and federal detention standards as monitored by the Iowa Department of Corrections and the ICE Inspections Bureau. The center proudly meets and exceeds those standards and enjoys a good relationship with many different agencies.
The mission of the Hardin County Jail (Correctional Center) is to provide a facility that is safe, clean, and sanitary for detainees throughout the time of their incarceration. It is the policy of Hardin County, this facility, and the Immigration Service to treat detainees with dignity and respect while maintaining a safe, secure, and sanitary detention facility.
The Hardin County Law Enforcement Center was completed in July 2000 and houses the Sheriff’s Office, E911 Communications Center, and the Correctional Center, which is the facility that constitutes the county jail. The Jail Division management team consists of the Sheriff, Jail Administrator, Assistant Jail Administrator, and Jail Sergeants. The remainder of the jail staff consists of correctional officers and support staff. The Jail Administrator is responsible for the administration of policy, activity, operation, and business of the county jail. The Assistant Administrator is primarily responsible for the daily operation, appointments, court appearances, and services. The Jail Sergeants assist the administration and support the correctional officers in carrying out their general duties along with policy enforcement.
The secure area of the center consists of eight units or pods and three holding cells, a booking room, a medical office, a control room, a commissary room, and a library. Within the eight pods, a variety of detainees are housed in three security levels: Routine Supervision, Closely Supervised, Special Status.