The Corrections Division is responsible for the operation of all adult detention facilities in Hamilton County under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Office. With an average daily inmate population of 1424, and an estimated 55,000 admissions annually, the local jail system is ranked in the top 25 largest in the nation.
The Hamilton County Justice Center, which was completed in 1985 at a cost of 54 million dollars, is the Division's primary facility (inmate capacity of 1,240). In addition, the Division also maintains detention facilities at Reading Road Facility (172); and Woodburn Ave. facility (60), a comprehensive treatment program for multiple DUI offenders. Division personnel also provide for the security of inmates admitted to University Hospital and for juveniles who are to be tried as adults. The total Court Limited capacity is 1472
To provide for the general welfare of inmates, the Corrections Division administers a wide variety of programs and services including an accredited Health Services Section (medical, dental and psychiatric), a commercially equipped laundry, and an institutional kitchen that prepares 120,000 meals a month. Division Staff are also responsible for the supervision of inmate recreation programs and for the efficient operation of the commissary, mail and property room services. A chapel is located in the Justice Center and with a variety of religious services available.
A computerized Jail Management System assist staff and other criminal justice agencies in locating and maintaining accurate information on the inmate population .In cooperation with various community organizations, inmates are offered an opportunity to participate in religious, educational and social services programs. For example, through an affiliation with Transforming Jail Ministries, the Division Adult Jail Chaplaincy Program provides for the religious and spiritual needs of the inmates.
The Division offers an Adult Education Program addressing the need of the incarcerated adult learner, whose skills range from illiteracy to some college. The voluntary program serves approximately 450 inmates a year. Hamilton County is the only Sheriff's Office in Ohio to offer final GED Testing on-site for qualifying students. The Division also offers the MANA program (“Mentoring Against Negative Actions”). A program designed to help young men become men. The magnitude of the community's financial investment in providing adequate detention facilities requires the responsible utilization of all resources. The Corrections Division recognizes that responsibility and the obligation to maintain a safe and secure environment for those individuals committed to the Division's care and custody.