Whitfield County Detention Center
The detention facility is under the direction of Captain Wesley Lynch
The Detention Facility is a four story, 146,000 sq ft., 540 bed facility open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Detention Facility houses persons arrested by area Law Enforcement Agencies, which include the Whitfield County Sheriffs Office, Dalton Police Department, Tunnel Hill Police Department, Cohutta Police Department, Varnell Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, G.B.I., F.B.I. and the Local Office of the I.N.S.
The Detention Facility operates 12 hour shifts, work one week 80 hours and off one week. There is a total of 9 Sergeants in the Detention Facility; a Sergeant is assigned to supervise a particular section in the Detention Facility. The ninth Sergeant is a person who has to be very versatile because it is their duty to become the shift supervisor when the regular shift supervisors are on holiday, vacation, sick or away at training.
There are a total of 81 staff members this includes, nurses, food service, detention staff, inmate work supervisors, central control staff, commissary staff and administrative staff.
The Central purpose of the Whitfield County Detention Support Services Division is to supervise, train, and utilize inmate volunteer labor. The Officers of this unit hire and monitor the inmate work force which acts as a force multiplier for administrative tasks within the Detention Facility while providing numerous cost-effective services for the County Government and local non-profit organizations.
The Detention Division utilizes inmates to accomplish numerous tasks for the reasons notated above. These tasks include Kitchen, Laundry, Runarounds (Internal Inmate General Labor), Work Crew (Outside Inmate General Labor). The inmates who work in these details-are all hired through a security and medical background process conducted by Inmate Work Crew Personnel. Internal use of inmate labor alone, accounts for over 60,000 hours of free labor per year.
Outside Work Details are conducted on a regular basis, particularly during the Spring, Summer, and early Fall. These details include mowing around government buildings, removing trash from county roads, Graffiti removal, setting up and removing voting booths, and placing flags out for civic events, among other tasks. In the last few years, Whitfield County Sheriffs Office inmate work crews removed hundreds of thousands of pounds of refuse from county roadways. In addition, the outside Work Crew has assisted the United Way, Boys and Girls Club, the Green House, the Dalton National Guard Armory, Dalton Police Academy, provided labor for food drives, serviced the local schools, and assisted in servicing the Fair Grounds during the past year
The Correctional Center also maintains its own medical staff consisting of three nurses and a physician assistant who stays in contact with the physician on a daily basis, with visits from the physician on a weekly basis. Sick call is held daily and the staff will see and treat approximately
The Correctional Center serves 3 meals a day to an average of 400 inmates, which totals to 1200 meals per day, 438,000 meals per year. Three full time cooks who are assisted by selected trustees from the facility prepare these meals. During the course of a regular day the morning meal (breakfast) and the noon meal (Lunch) are served hot with the evening meal is called a cold meal because it consists of sandwiches and desert. All menus meet or exceed all of the daily requirements of calorie intake and special meals are provided upon request for persons with medical conditions or religious preference.
Also falling under the supervision of the Detention Facility is the Central Control Section. In this area is where the public goes to obtain information about any family members who are incarcerated, to get approval for bonds, answering and directing all phone calls coming into the Sheriff’s Office, controlling the security of the Detention Facility by maintaining the control panels which allows persons thru all secured doors in the facility, operations of the Georgia Crime Information Center / National Crime Information Center and to greet the public and to help them in anyway possible.
287(g) Immigration Jail Enforcement Operations
The Whitfield County Sheriffs Office 287(G) program began in the spring of 2008 due to increased public demands for immigration enforcement reform and public support for increased cooperation between this Office and ICE. This program progressed due to the support of the citizens of Whitfield County and at the request of Sheriff Scott Chitwood. From the beginning, the goals of this unit have been to serve the community by removing dangerous criminal aliens, improving communication and cooperation with federal agencies and utilizing currently available resources available to best accomplish these tasks. The past year has seen the successful use of this program, which has benefitted the community by the removal of dangerous criminal aliens and removing the burden on the tax payers by releasing these individuals to their home nations, instead of maintaining aliens in state custody. This program operates based on a series of reviews and background checks completed after an inmate is arrested for an Offense under Georgia Law. These inmates are processed through a system of background systems and biometric checks that are unavailable to Local Law Enforcement who are not involved in the DHS/ICE 287(g) program. This process has been successful in identifying individuals using false identifications as well as local and federal fugitives from Justice that would not have otherwise been identified.
Central Control consists of eight staff members and one Sergeant and all work
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Benefits include: Retirement plan, vacation, holidays, and sick leave. Medical insurance is available for employees and for dependents at a reasonable price. Other insurance’s available: Dental, Life, disability, etc.
Applications can be completed at the Board of Commissioners Office located at the Courthouse annex at 301 W Crawford St. Applications can also be completed online at the Whitfield County Website. Click on Employment Opportunities and follow the directions.
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