PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY
In 2008 Blaine County opened a new 36,000 square foot modern detention facility. Our state of the art detention center has a total of 90 beds including 66 general population beds divided into 4 jail pods providing minimum, medium and maximum security classifications. The general population pods also contain 4 beds in special needs cells with negative air flow to prevent the spread of infectious disease. An additional 20 inmates can be housed in male and female work release dorms and up to 4 juveniles can be held up to 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) in segregated holding cells. The Blaine County Detention Facility offers modern new technology to assist inmates and visitors and ensure safety and security for all.
A Central Control system allows the detention center staff to monitor the movement and safety of inmates and employees in the entire jail area and reduces the number of staff needed to operate the facility.
Inmates are arraigned at the Detention Facility via Video Arraignment which allows both inmates and the Court to see and hear each other in real-time. A phone provides for private conversations with their attorney and a fax machine is set up direct to the court in case they need to sign any court documents.
WHO IS IN OUR JAIL
The Blaine County Detention Facility houses inmates from each law enforcement agency in the county and the court. The Blaine County Jail houses offenders of all types, including those arrested, awaiting trial or serving sentences for misdemeanors and certain felonies. Defendants who are sentenced for felony convictions of more than a one year term are transferred to the state prison system for incarceration. Each inmate is given a complete security risk assessment at the time of booking, then classified and housed accordingly. Male and Females are housed seperatly at all times. Juvenile inmates can be held for 48 hours (excluding weekends or holidays) or transferred to the Snake River Detention Facility in Twin Falls for longer stays. Detention Deputies transport inmates both to the offsite locations and return the inmates for all court proceedings or releases.
Being a Deputy in the Blaine County Detention Facility is a highly skilled profession for which deputies receive continual specialized training. Detention Deputies perform a long list of interesting and challenging duties daily. A typical shift may include assisting multiple inmates through the booking and/or release processes including signing inmates in and out for the work release program, assessing security classifications and processing legal and financial documents. Detention Deputies supervise inmates both in video arraignment in our facility and in the actual courtroom, control inmate safety at recreation and in their cells, transport inmates both to and from other facilities and coordinate video visitation. In addition to routine security checks, Detention Deputies are responsible for providing suicide watch every 15 minutes, meals three times a day, clothing and property exchange as necessary, and weekly hygiene supples. Deputies also ensure inmates receive medical, dental and mental health screenings through our licensed providers. Deputies on special assignment also provide courtroom and jury security for the Blaine County District, Magistrate, and Juvenile Courts in addition to their detention duties. Most importantly, our Detention Deputies provide safety and security for all the inmates, staff, visitors and citizens of Blaine County.
JAIL RULES AND REGULATIONS
Detailed and bilingual listings of the Blaine County Detention Center’s Inmate Handbook Rules and Regulations Orientation Information are available below:
The Blaine County Detention Center, in compliance with the Idaho Prison Rape Elimination Act, has a policy to ensure that allegations of sexual abuse, assault or harassment are properly referred for investigation as soon as possible after the report is made. To request a copy of this policy please contact the Detention Center at (208)788-5564 or firstname.lastname@example.org