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The Cross County Jail and Detention Center is under the leadership and direction of Joseph Kelly, serving as Jail Administrator.
Full Time Staff includes 10 Dispatcher/Matrons and 10 Jailers. .
All persons who are arrested and taken into custody are transported to the Detention Center for booking and incarceration. The Detention Center is divided into separate housing areas for low/medium security risk males, high security risk males, and female inmates, as well as isolation and temporary holding cells. The Detention Center houses both pre-trial detainees and post-conviction inmates who are serving sentences or awaiting transport to the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
The inmates do have access to television. They are not allowed to smoke. In addition, there is a full kitchen where all meals are prepared for inmates. The kitchen is used by the “Act 309” inmates, who are state prisoners assigned to work duties in local detention facilities.
Members of the Detention Center staff are required to complete a minimum of forty hours of state-approved training to become certified jailers. They also receive certified training in ACIC/NCIC terminal operations, Radio Dispatch Procedures, and BAC Datamaster Breathalyzer operations and procedures
The Jailer/Matron deals personally with inmates in the housing areas.
Each Jailer/Matron is responsible for:
- Receiving and intake process for all prisoners, including computer booking, fingerprinting, photographing, searching, change-out, and housing cell block assignment
- Dispensing of both prescription and non-prescription medications to the inmates
- Controlling electronically all entrances and exit points to the facility
- Monitoring all security video surveillance systems
- Observing inmates in housing areas
- Communicating with inmates
- Maintaining all warrants of arrest and orders of protection.
During 2013, there were 1756 persons booked into the Detention Center.