Mercer County Correction Center is a short-term jail facility that confines both men and women and has bed space for 880 inmates with Minimum, Medium and Maximum-security classifications. The population is comprised of those who have been convicted and sentenced by the Municipal or Superior Courts, as well as those who are pre-trial. State sentenced inmates are housed while awaiting transfer to State Prison, inmates with sentences up to 364 days or less serve their time at the Correction Center.
Inmates of the Mercer County Correction Center are provided with medical, social services and mental health services, as well as educational opportunities during their incarceration. Selected inmates may be ordered by the court or assigned by the Correction Center, as a form of restitution, to participate in community service projects such as the Superintendent Labor Assistance Program (SLAP). Inmates classified as minimum securityMinimum security correctional centres hold inmates who can be trusted in open conditions where there are fewer physical barriers to escape. may work on supervised details mowing grass, trash collection and painting at county operated facilities, including the Correction Center building and grounds.