County Jail

County Jail Panoramic Photo
The mission of the Hamilton County Jail Division is to provide a safe working and living environment. The division holds paramount the protection of the staff, the inmates, and the community it serves. The employees of the Jail Division believe in the practice of team qualities that produce an atmosphere of cooperation and respect between the officers and inmates. Conducting business of the judicial system is done with efficiency and professionalism emphasizing work quality over work quantity. Each officer is trained to utilize the advantages of technology, professional instruction, and modern techniques, while meeting the needs of the individual, thus ensuring the division's and employee's success towards completing our mission

Personnel & Facilities
The Hamilton County Sheriffs Office Jail Division consists of 26 part-time and 47 full-time employees. Whenever a person is arrested in Hamilton County that person is brought to the Hamilton County Jail for incarceration. The current facility was built in 1992 and opened for business in July of 1993. In 2008, 10,000 square feet of book-in space was added in the jail annex. The current facility contains 296 beds separated into 6 housing units. Prisoners held in the jail range from those charged with offenses such as shoplifting and public intoxication, to offenses of rape, burglary, and murder. The jail staff is responsible for the care, custody, and safety of the inmates housed in the jail. The jail is self contained. All laundry services, meal preparation, and most medical and dental services are provided within the prisoner processing section of the jail.

Inmate Sentences
Although most prisoners stay at the jail a short period of time, some prisoners may stay the entire time from arrest, through trial, to sentencing. Even after sentencing, inmates may stay at the county jail for several months awaiting space at a state institution. The Hamilton County Jail averages a daily inmate population ranging from 300 to 350.