The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office, Corrections Division operates three jail facilities with combined bed space of 876 beds; housing male and female, sentenced and non-sentenced county and federal within the Imperial County.
The Herbert Hughes Correctional Center (HHCC) was built in the early 1960’s and was named after Sheriff Herbert Hughes who served from 1955-1966. HHCC consists of six dormitory style housing areas referred to as dorms with a total bed space of 314 beds. HHCC houses a full working kitchen where prescreened inmate workers receive valuable vocational training and work experience preparing three meals a day and run a hot food services line that provides meals to all three jail facilities. HHCC boast a large multipurpose room which is centrally located within the housing units and is used as educational programming space which has allowed a multitude of inmates to receive their GED or High School Diploma. Having programming space line the multipurpose room is imperative to restorative justice of offender reentry and recidivism reduction programs. The majority of the inmates housed at HHCC are actively working and participating in inmate programs provided to them both in and out of the housing areas. Each dorm was issued tablets that are utilized to submit inmate request, medical request, grievances and to get in contact with their family members. The sentenced inmates housed at HHCC that are working and actively programming can earn in-person visitation located on the front lawn outside of the facility to re-establish bonds and connections with children and family members through family reunification service programs.
The Oren R. Fox Medium Security Detention Facility (OFDF) process began in 2011 when the County applied for a grant to build a new jail facility. The State of California allotted 33 million dollars for the construction of the new facility that began in August 2016. OFDF features six two-tiered housing areas referred to as units, each unit can house 45 inmates in addition to having a state-of-the-art Medical Center that can house an additional four inmates creating a total of 274 beds. In September 2018, the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office began housing inmates within OFDF. OFDF was named after Sheriff Oren R. Fox who served as Sheriff of Imperial County from July 1973 to December 1974, and January 1979 to January 1999. During the construction of the facility ensuring that the design featured ample programming space was vital. Prior to the opening of OFDF, the multipurpose room at HHCC and the Second Chance Classroom at RADF were the only spaces available to provide educational programs to the incarcerated population. All of the new rooms were named in honor of past and present employees of the Sheriff’s Office and volunteers from different community organizations. Kitchen Supervisor Luis Avalos Teaching Kitchen; Correctional Sergeant Ted Christianson Briefing and Training Room; Gaylla Finnell Programming Classroom; Sheriff Raymond Loera Conference Room; Undersheriff Federico Miramontes Staff Break Room; Correctional Officer Hector Ramirez Briefing and Training Room; and Lance Reeves Programming Classroom. Having this new facility has created many opportunities to provide additional staff trainings as well as increase access to inmate programs.
The Regional Adult Detention Facility (RADF) was built in the late 1970’s and housed inmates in August 1981. RADF is a linear style facility with twelve two-tier housing areas referred to as modules, each module is made up of cells in which up to two inmates can be housed per cell with a total bed space of 288 beds. RADF house the jails main medical center, which includes one male and one female medical housing unit each with five beds available. Each medical unit contains a respiratory isolation room and allows inmates with medical needs safe and direct supervision. All inmates are first housed at RADF while awaiting medical screening and classification interview. Upon completion, an inmate can remain housed at RADF or be transferred to OFDF or HHCC. In 2017, through grant funding, RADF received its first educational and vocational programming space, the Second Chance Classroom. All the Second Chance Classroom construction was completed by inmate housed in HHCC at the time and were participating in a IVROP instructed vocational training program.
It is the policy of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) to comply with the provisions set forth in the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). ICSO has established a “Zero Tolerance” policy for sexual misconduct for incidents involving inmate-on-inmate sexual violence and staff misconduct/harassment towards inmates, regardless if it is consensual or not.
The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office takes great pride in its K-9 Unit because of the proficiency, ability and utility of the canines working in partnership with their handlers and the community. The Canine program was established to augment searches of the facility and decrease the amount of contraband.
The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Transportation Unit is staffed with Correctional Officers and Correctional Supervisors to oversee the daily activities. The transportation fleet is equipped with dividers to accommodate the different inmate classifications.
Transportation Fleet :
Transportation works in a collaborated effort with numerous agencies to transport inmates to various destinations:
The transportation staff also provides additional court security for custody prisoners, and is assigned to pick up inmates who have warrants within the State of California who are housed at another jail or prison.
The Imperial County Day Reporting Center (DRC) opened in March, 2014 to help manage low-level inmates and probationers supervised under California’s prisoner realignment legislation.
As part of this AB 109 legislation, the state provides funding to counties for the implementation of evidence-based programs. The DRC uses Motivational Interviewing techniques and a curricula-driven, evidence-based model designed to assess the needs of each client to reduce individual risk factors. The services are geared to help offenders succeed and reintegrate into the community. Treatment and training are designed to change thinking that can lead to criminal behaviors.
As part of this AB 109 legislation, the state provides funding to counties for the implementation of evidence-based programs. The DRC uses Motivational Interviewing techniques and a curricula-driven, evidence-based model designed to assess the needs of each client to reduce individual risk factors. The services are geared to help offenders succeed and reintegrate into the community. Treatment and training are desiThe DRC is staffed by members from the Sheriff’s Office, Probation, Behavioral Health; a GEO reentry Services.gned to change thinking that can lead to criminal behaviors.
Inmates housed at the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Herbert Hughes Correctional Center (H.H.C.C.) and Regional Adult Detention Facility (R.A.D.F.) are given the opportunity to take part in the inmate worker program. The program maintains a safe working environment and educational opportunities for the inmate population. All inmates are screen based on their charges for proper work assignment and class.
Outside crews must be:
In order to be part of the inmate worker population, an inmate has to go through medical screening and clearance. The Classification Unit also conduct a review of the inmate applicant. Inmates are then placed at different work areas based on their classification level. Inmates are paid weekly and have to work more than 30 days to obtain 6 days of work credit. Inmates sentenced under AB 109 (serving state prison in a county facility) are granted no more than six weeks work credit per year under AB 624. Inmate workers must be in educational programming to obtain credits.
Inmate workers who successfully complete and graduate from educational courses take part in graduation ceremonies accompanied by family members. This creates motivation and a feeling of begin part of the community. Inmate workers have taken advantage of the opportunity of our educational programs. Class attendance has increased and we have seen an increase of graduates.
Under AB 109 each county was encouraged to look at alternatives to incarceration. Imperial County implemented a Sheriff’s Office Pretrial Release Unit. Interviews arrestees along with an assessment are conducted for likeliness to appear in court; misdemeanors are being released at this time. Pretrial Services is working with the courts to supervise felony O/R’s and reporting.
Other alternatives we are working on: