ABOUT THE DETENTION CENTER
The primary duties of the Dawson County Detention Center include overseeing individuals who are awaiting trial after arrest. The Dawson County Detention Center is designed to house 192 inmates.
Local detention centers are designed to house pre-trial detainees; whereas, prison systems are designed for confinement after conviction. Because of this distinction, detention center detainees are afforded more rights. Detentions centers are tasked with many responsibilities, such as providing for the protection of certain civil rights and providing programs of recovery. Programs that are offered to our inmates include:
Alcoholics Anonymous, Assistance obtaining a General Education Diploma (GED), and Religious services.
The Dawson County Detention Center maintains an inmate work force. Participants are responsible for several facility details, such as cleaning floors, kitchen duties, and laundry services. In addition to facility details within the Law Enforcement Center, the inmate work force supplements various county departments, such as the County Maintenance Shop, Parks and Recreations Department, Public Works, and the school system. These positions are staffed when qualified detainees are available.
Obviously public safety is a priority with any work detail program. Sacrificing public safety to save various county labor cost is not an option! A very thorough and highly scrutinized selection process is used when placing inmates on a work detail.
Although screening is absolute, we will always encourage the public to be watchful and mindful when Work Detail Inmates are out in the community. We always ask that you immediately report any concerns to our Detention Command Staff.
The Detention Center also participates in the Inmate Work Release Program for eligible detainees. Inmates with Court approval are screened by the Detention Commander for acceptance to participate in the Work Release program. If eligibility requirements are met, the inmate may leave the detention facility to attend approved jobs, although they must return to the facility when they are not working.