The Johnson County Detention Center opened in 1997 and replaced the former jail which was located on the 3rd floor of the Johnson County Courthouse. There are 19 full-time employees, including the jail administrator, detention officer/dispatchers and a cook. The detention center is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It was designed to originally house 76 inmates, both males and females, on felony and misdemeanor charges. Inmates are held for all agencies within Johnson County and any other agency requesting housing, if available. Inmates sentenced to the Arkansas Department of Corrections are housed until they are ready to be transported. It is not designed to hold juvenile offenders for more than 6 hours. It is a non-smoking facility. Act 309 inmates from the Arkansas Department of Corrections are responsible for the maintenance on the building and grounds as well as some cooking and laundry.
Visitation for inmates is on Saturdays only, the schedule is as follows: Female inmates with last names beginning with A-L: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Female inmates with last names beginning with M-Z 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; Male inmates with the last names beginning with A-G 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Male inmates with the last names beginning with H-L 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Male inmates with the last names beginning with M-R 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Male inmates with the last names beginning with S-Z 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.