This facility also offers a work release program, which enables selected sentenced inmates the ability to maintain employment and provide income to their families. Inmates in the program are required to check in with detention staff members at regular intervals throughout their work day, and are also required to pay a fee to the county for the added supervision they receive. They save the tax payer money by paying for a portion of the costs related to their incarceration.
Sentenced inmates who have been screened and classified as trustees are utilized for inmate labor tasks and projects. These include facility janitorial, laundry, food service and vehicle maintenance assignments. Inmates are also utilized for work detail with the Douglas County Public Works Department. You may notice some of these trustees cleaning up debris along our roadways in the county during the spring and summer months, During 1999, inmates accounted for 31,461 man hours of labor and work projects.
All medical issues for the jail are handled by a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week nursing staff. The medical staff is supported by a physician, dentist, psychiatrist and psychologist. The facility has a complete in-house medical clinic with the ability to handle most issues.