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
Each member of the Detention Center staff is 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
While reporting for duty at the beginning of the shift, each Jailer/Matron is given a duty assignment for that shift. Each Jailer/Matron is responsible for the receiving and intake process for all prisoners. This includes computer book-in, fingerprinting, photographing, searching, change-out, and housing cell block assignment. This position is also responsible for the dispensing of prescription and non-prescription medications. The Jailer/Matron also deals personally with inmates in the housing areas. Responsible for electronically controlling all entrances and exit points to the facility, monitoring all security video surveillance systems, observing inmates in housing areas, communications with inmates and for maintaining all warrants of arrest and orders of protection.
During 2013, there were 1756 persons booked into the Detention Center.