The Appanoose County Jail exists for the detention of persons as required by law. Confined in the jail are persons serving time for crimes for which they have been convicted, and others who are awaiting trial. Convicted prisoners are sentenced to jail as punishment, not for punishment, and will be treated in such a manner as to provide maximum security without undue discomfort. The jail exists solely to protect and maintain the peace and security of the community. Inmates are to be treated in a humane and courteous manner.