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Inside the jail cell

Inside the jail cell

Supervision area

The Scott County Jail is designed to ensure that staff is in control of all areas of the facility and can actively manage and control inmate behavior.

The housing areas are appropriately sized for both long and short-term use and include a dorm and flex housing. Some housing units contain sub-dayrooms that can be used to house inmates separately within the same housing unit and contain showers and phones. There are handicap accessible accommodations for female and male housing areas.

Inmate services are decentralized and located within housing support corridors to maximize staffing efficiency and effectiveness and reduce the need for inmate movement. Housing units share a housing support corridor and each housing support corridor contains the following:

Five (5) of the seven (7) housing units are direct supervision. This means there is a Housing Officer trained in interpersonal communication and direct supervision assigned to work inside the housing unit.

The first recognized local ‘new generation jail’ opened in 1981 in Contra Costa, California and was an immediate success. The key concept of direct supervision is placing a Corrections Officer in the unit and not isolating them from the inmates by bars or control rooms. Research has shown that Corrections Officers in the units get to know the inmates and can recognize and respond to trouble before it escalates. The staff is proactive rather than reactive. The staff is more dependent upon negotiation, communication, and conflict management skills rather than physical strength. Direct supervision is a combination of management and operational philosophy, facility design, and staff training.

There are nine (9) principles and three (3) dynamics of direct supervision:

Principles of direct supervision

Dynamics of direct supervision

Each inmate remanded to the Scott County Jail receives a copy of the Inmate Manual and upon arrival to a housing unit receives an orientation by the Housing Officer. It is the inmate’s responsibility to follow the Jail rules and any directives given by the Housing Officer. Non-compliance by the inmate results in loss of privileges.

The Jail provides inmates an opportunity to purchase a variety of items from the commissary to help maintain good morale and enhance their stay at the Jail. Some items may be ordered weekly and some may be purchased through vending machines located in the housing units. Availability of commissary is reflective of the inmate’s behavior. Commissary is a useful tool for the Housing Officer in managing inmate behavior within the housing units.

Housekeeping is a necessary function and all inmates are required to contribute to the daily routine cleaning of their assigned housing unit.

Meals are delivered to the housing units. Inmate behavior determines where in the housing unit the inmate eats his meal.

Inmates can send and receive mail through U.S. Post Office t o maintain ties with family, friends, Attorneys, courts, and the community. [ Mail ]

Inmates have access to reasonably priced phone calls to maintain community ties and to allow contact with the courts and counsel. Inmate phone privileges may be restricted based on behavior.

All housing units have televisions. Inmate television privileges may be restricted based on behavior.

Inmates are encouraged to use Inmate Request Forms for any issues or needs the Housing Officer may be unable to address. This could include such issues as:

The Jail provides inmate hair care services for inmates to maintain proper hygiene. An outside barber is available every three (3) weeks with a site charge of $13.00 per inmate. An inmate is not denied a hair cut because of a lack of ability to pay.