Security of the Plano City Jail building, both inside and out, is provided via 24-hour a day monitoring conducted from a master control station. This station is equipped with state-of-the-art electronic monitoring systems for all access points, fire and smoke detection, and mechanical and emergency power systems. An additional control station is located at each cluster level housing area to directly monitor individual pod activities.
The processing area, sometimes called intake or booking, is the inmate’s first contact with the detention facility. It is here that the inmate is introduced to the direct supervision philosophy, as he or she will remain in an open waiting area, in lieu of being held in a secured cell, until the booking process is completed, or unless his or her behavior warrants traditional confinement. Measures have been implemented throughout the processing area to maximize coordination and efficiency of the intake system, i.e., separate processing and circulation zones for admissions, transfers, and releases.
Adjacent to the processing area are the property, bond, and release areas, which are accessible via the public corridor to allow persons to post bonds, pay fines, or retrieve personal property for incarcerated inmates. All inmate property and financial accounts are maintained and all release transactions are conducted in these areas. The effectiveness of the direct supervision management philosophy relies strongly on accurate classification of the inmates. The classification process examines the inmate’s criminal history and observes and evaluates his or her physical, mental, and social conditions and behaviors to determine the most appropriate housing unit assignment for that person. Newly arriving inmates are temporarily placed in the classification housing unit until the evaluation is completed and the inmates are given a permanent housing assignment. While in the temporary unit, inmates are required to participate in an orientation program designed to familiarize them with the direct supervision philosophy, facility rules and regulations, services, and programs.
The Plano City Jail facility is equipped to provide certain services to meet the basic health, nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation needs of the inmates. The design allows as many of these required services as possible to be delivered to the housing units to maximize security and minimize the need for staff intensive inmate movement and transportation costs. There are medical exam rooms located in the processing area, the infirmary, and each cluster. Inmate medical care, basic clinical and dental services are provided in-house. The food service area was sized to accommodate the complex-level build-out of 1,600 beds.
Meals in the Plano City Jail are prepared on site by inmate workers under the supervision of the kitchen staff, then delivered to the housing units. Also designed for maximum build-out, the laundry service area contains commercial grade laundering and sewing equipment, and storage space for linens and inmate clothing. Other service areas include a commissary, barbering areas, and a mail room.