The security section of the Flagler County Detention Facility is comprised of the four shifts. Their primary responsibility is the care, custody and control of all incarcerated persons within the facility and the admission and release of inmates. Some of the routine duties include:
- Facility Security
- Inmate and cell searches
- Security of the Recreation Yard
- Conducting Inmate Visitation
- Documentation of Incidents and Activities
- Security of all Sections within the Facility
The Flagler County Detention Facility is comprised of four housing units with a rated capacity of 132 inmates. The inmate population is made up of sentenced and non-sentenced inmates who are incarcerated for any number of crimes ranging from theft and trespassing to drug trafficking and murder.
Certified Correctional Officers and civilian personnel staff the jail in a variety of positions.
The duties of the Correctional Officers and civilians require dedicated people with job knowledge and extensive training. Personnel man the facility 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Over 530 hours of academy training and the successful completion of a state exam are necessary to become a Correctional Officer. Additionally, extensive in-service training is required to maintain certification.
Some of the challenges we face at the Detention Facility include the ever increasing cost of medical care and prescription medicines and the rising cost of food. The county is required to provide medical care and food for inmates and these costs are constantly increasing. As we face these climbing prices we have taken the initiative to reduce the cost by finding vendors who provide the products we need without sacrificing quality and compromising inmate health and welfare. As costs continue to rise, we will continue to become more efficient in providing these services.
The Classification Section is responsible for processing court dispositions and arrest reports as well as the following duties:
- Inmate classification process
- Inmate Worker Clearance
- Inmate worker assignment
- Calculating inmate gain time
- Reviewing inmate records and updating classification
The Flagler County Inmate Facility’s medical section provides medical services to include referrals for dental and mental health related services to inmates. These services meet Florida Model Jail Standards and are inspected annually for continued compliance.
Inmates are charged a fee for medical services at the facility, however no inmate is refused medical treatment if they do not have the funds to pay.
Food Services Section
The Food Service Section of the Flagler County Inmate Facility is responsible for providing three nutritional meals per day to the inmate population. The inmates are also charged a daily meal fee but are not discriminated against if they do not have funds to pay. The emphasis of the food service section is quality control, cost effectiveness and food service education of the inmate workers.
The reception area is located by the jail lobby. This area's responsibilities are varied, but generally include:
- Scheduling Inmate visitation
- Scanning Inmate Facility Mail
- Public Fingerprinting
- Releasing inmate property
- Greeting the Public
- Ordering office and inmate supplies
- Criminal registrations
- Records management
- Record Checks
The Personnel of the Inmate Facility are also responsibile for:
- Jail Maintenance
- Trustee Worker Supervision
- Janitorial Services
- Chemical and Hazardous Materials Control
- Inmate laundry
- Car Wash
- Key Control
- Fire Safety and Inspection
- Inmate Work Crew Program
- Division Vehicle Maintenance
Jail maintenance duties include identifying electrical, plumbing, lock and other minor maintenance problems. The county Facilities department responds to maintenance requests.
The trustee workers are supervised by Corrections Division personnel and are assigned to various areas within the Facility.
Janitorial services are provided by trusty workers and supervised by staff.
The chemical and hazardous materials control system is designed to meet the requirements of accreditation and other standards.
The laundry room is operational on a daily basis and hundreds of pounds of laundry are washed, dried and folded daily.
The facility key control system is designed to ensure that the accountability, security and operational readiness of all keys are maintained at all times.
The facility conducts fire safety inspections by authorized personnel. Annual inspections are performed by county fire inspectors. Sanitation and other maintenance discrepancies are reported to the administrative staff on a daily basis for resolution.
The inmate work crew program is supervised by a Correctional Officer, and performs general clean up, lawn maintenance and trash pick up at the facility and in the community.
Vehicles assigned to the Corrections Division are inspected to ensure proper operation and cleanliness.
The transportation section of the Corrections Division is responsible for transporting inmates to and from other counties, state institutions, court and medical appointments.
Most Corrections Division inmate programs are coordinated and managed by the Support Services Director whose primary program responsibilities are:
- Jail Ministry
- Inmate Canteen
- Inmate Library Services
- Inmate Law Library
- Leisure time activities, board game distribution, etc.
- Maintenance and distribution of hair cutting equipment
Inmate Programs Continued...
Inmates incarcerated within the Flagler County Inmate Facility are free to practice their faith provided the security and operation of the facility are not compromised. The Jail Chaplain services these needs by recruiting volunteers to provide non-denominational religious services. Inmates whose faith is not represented by these volunteers will receive assistance in identifying a person that represents that faith.
Local volunteers support this program intended to provide fellowship and support for recovering alcoholics.
The inmate canteen program provides commissary services weekly to the inmate population. Various products are sold to the inmates that are not provided by the facility. The canteen program is managed by a clerk who processes all inmate accounts.
All profits from the canteen program are used to benefit the inmate population, and can also be used for:
- Salaries of employees involved in inmate programs
- Inmate Supplies
- Inmate Books
- Inmate Recreational Equipment
The inmate library provides services to inmates on a weekly basis. Books are donated and purchased through the profits generated by the inmate canteen.
The law library is handled by inmate’s submitting a request form to the contracted vendor. Only inmate’s declared as pro se by the court are eligible for this service. All other inmates have an assigned attorney to answer legal questions.