Major Steve Morris heads the Detention and Court Services Bureau, which is responsible for the daily operations of the Detention Center and Court Security. 129 positions are currently approved for this division as peace officers, detention officers and civilians.
The Columbia County Detention Center is a multifaceted division within the Sheriff's Office. Captain Brett Carani is the Detention Center's administrator and oversees the operations of the facility. The rated bed space is 338. An average of 7,500 inmates are processed through the facility each year. Approximately 75 civilian fingerprints are printed each month for weapon permits, adoption, and employment.
For those persons planning to visit an inmate at this facility, please see Rules for Visitation. To find out how inmates are released, bonding procedures, mail procedures, funds and/or property acceptance and release, and complaints, please see General Information.
The Detention Center employs the concept of direct supervision of inmates. This enables the housing officer to maintain direct contact with and control of the inmates. This concept provides a healthier living environment for the inmates and enables the staff to have a better understanding and working knowledge of every inmate under supervision.
The scheduled based on the inmate’s housing assignment. Inmates are required to sign up for visitation and list the visitors that will attend. It is the inmate’s responsibility to inform the visitor of the day and time of the scheduled visit. All visitors and inmates are required to observe the following regulations at all times during visitation: