The Jefferson County Jail (Corrections Facility) is a “short term” facility. The facility is certified by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. This facility is designed to house prisoners in a direct supervision atmosphere that is safe and secure. The Jefferson County Jail intent through education and rehabilitation programs is to interrupt the cycle of criminal activity that results in the recidivism of the persons being incarcerated. Educational programs include Anger Management, GED, Auto Body repair, as well as, other programs offered by the Correctional Facility.
The mission of the Jefferson County Jail is to provide the safe and secure detention of offenders in order to protect the staff, inmates, and citizens of Jefferson County. Our purpose and intent of the many educational programs offered within our facility is to provide inmates with the knowledge and skills necessary for them to become productive citizens of our society.
The Jefferson County Jail provides services to a daily average inmate population of over 1,000 inmates, all of them must enter or be released through the Intake and Releasing Section. The Intake Section for the calendar year 2004 processed a total of 18,826 persons approximately 5,184 felony arrests, and 13,642 misdemeanor arrests, for an average of 52 intakes per day.
Jefferson County Jail – Intake
Each person brought into the Jefferson County Jail is processed in the same manner:
- Property taken, logged, bagged;
- Processed through the Identification section;
- Medically screened for obvious injuries etc.;
- Booked-in, advised of charges and means of release if any;
- If unable to secure release, dressed in facility uniform; and
- Housed in temporary quarters prior to final classification.
After a person has completed the booking process, he/she will be placed into one of several classifications: high risk, medium risk, low-risk, and/or trustee status. These classifications are based on records compiled by this agency and criminal history compiled by the Texas Criminal Information Center and the National Criminal Information Center. Utilizing this information, inmates are classified by current charges, past history, conduct in the facility, and in some cases, mental stability in the least restrictive manner possible.
Initial medical screening is conducted by a state certified paramedic in order to assess any obvious medical conditions. Once classified, medical personnel will attempt to obtain a full medical history for this person, and conduct a physical to determine other medical needs. The procedure includes the creation of a permanent medical chart, a series of medical related questions, and a basic overall evaluation of the person’s health.
Jefferson County Jail – Minimum & Medium Risk Facilities
The interiors of these facilities are similarly designed. Both are open bay dormitory style with a raised area for the officer to observe the entire area.
The differences begin with the fact that minimum risk inmates have considerable freedom of movement within the facility, though that movement is controlled, monitored, and records of current location are maintained.
Medium risk inmates are continually controlled and any movement outside their living area conducted under escort.
Jefferson County Jail – Maximum Risk Facilities
Jefferson County has two maximum security buildings with 186 beds for persons:
- classified by offense or history as high risk;
- administratively separated due to an inability to function in the general population;
- separated from the general population for disciplinary infractions for a maximum of 15 to 30 days dependant upon severity of those infractions;
- separated from the general population for protective reasons, perhaps due to infamous crimes;
- separated from the general population for “special conditions”, perhaps mentally ill