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The Detention Division is responsible for the care, custody and control of inmates, protection of inmate rights, and the delivery of inmate programs and medical services.
The Detention Division's Administrative Support and Detention Operations Sections are crucial to day-to-day functions of the division: Classification, Housing Unit, Identification, Intake, Release, Kitchen, Inmate Property, Laundry, Bonding, Inmate Commissary, Data Entry, Accounting, Records Retention, Visitation, and Transport Control.
Inmate Programs provide rehabilitative and educational opportunities through coordinated community resources so that inmates can ready themselves for productive citizenship upon return to their communities. Inmate programs grant the opportunity to escape what for some individuals becomes a revolving door at the detention center.
Program members without high school diplomas are offered to attend 60 hours of General Educational Development (GED) classes taught by DeKalb Technical College staff in the detention centers educational section.
The FATHERHOOD, BROTHERHOOD, and MOTHERHOOD programs teach personal development, goal setting and achievement, decision-making, problem solving, interpersonal and family relationship development, financial management, and stress and anger management. The curriculum also is designed to prepare the participants for workforce entry (job readiness, job seeking and retention).
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA) and NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS (NA) programs are run entirely by volunteers from AA and NA.
The CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM renders spiritual, motivational and emotional support. Inmates housed in the Newton County Detention Center receive ministry from in-house chaplains and from churches of various religious denominations. Volunteer chaplains conduct religious services that serve approximately 300 inmates weekly.
As required by federal law, the LAW LIBRARY accommodates the Newton County Detention Centers daily inmate population with adequate legal texts and support materials for research. Photocopy service is available for copying legal forms, documents, case law and statutes.
INMATE WORK FORCE -- Convicted inmates are screened to participate in inmate work programs. Inmates perform a variety of tasks that otherwise would be contracted to private services, such as working in the jail kitchen or laundry room and landscaping, painting and janitorial duties at government offices, including the county courthouse. Calculated at minimum wage rates, the Inmate Work Force provides more than $1 million of cost-saving labor to Newton County annually.
Newton County Detention officials, working with the county's Judges and Probation Office, began an INMATE WORK RELEASE program in 2003. Inmates approved for participation are allowed to report to their jobs and then return to the jail at designated hours after work.
The inmate work release facility is designed to accommodate 32 persons with sentences of 360 days or less who are convicted for abandonment (failure to meet court-mandated child support requirements) but will also include those with second and third DUI offenses. Potential participants must already be employed when sentenced.
MEDICAL/DENTAL CARE for Inmates --The Newton County Detention Center provides medical, basic dental and mental health care to inmates as needed. The medical staff is available around the clock to provide care, to assess incoming arrestees, and to dispense inmate medication. Newton County Detention Center's medical unit includes a medical and mental health infirmary, and a dental clinic with two dental operatories. Seriously ill inmates or those needing surgery or hospitalization are transported to Newton Medical Center.
Protecting Employee Health in a High-Risk Environment - Jails/Detention Centers are among the workplace environments considered at risk for contracting tuberculosis (TB) and other contagious diseases. NCSO offers TB testing to all employees. The state of Georgia and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require workers in high-risk environments/professions to be offered Hepatitis B vaccinations.