The Martin County Jail is a 696-bed maximum-security facility that ensures public safety through incarceration and supervision of inmates. Inmates from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups enter the Martin County Jail for criminal charges ranging from civil infractions to capital offenses. The Corrections Department maintains a safe and professional working atmosphere for staff, which ensures a safe, secure and humane living environment for inmates.
The Corrections Department provides contracted medical services and ensures that offenders with substance addiction and/or requires mental health services have access to treatment programs. Eligible inmates are encouraged to participate in Substance Abuse Programs, attain their General Educational Development (GED), and/or participate in religious and individual counseling sessions to become productive members of the community upon their release.
Reduced Custody Facility
In 2001, the Reduced Custody Building was constructed, increasing the overall bed capacity. Through a classification process, Reduced Custody housing facilitates low custody level inmates who provide community-based labor, saving cost to taxpayers. Reduced Custody also houses inmates who are sentenced to serve weekend sentences.
Direct Supervision Facility
In 2007, the Corrections Department took occupancy of the 144 bed Direct Supervision Model. This innovative concept has generated considerably reduced percentages of assaults, extortions and lawsuits in comparison to the traditional "linear" style of jail management. This concept enables the deputies to directly interact with the inmates, which has proven to be instrumental in promoting positive behavior.
Direct Supervision Management provides a less stressful atmosphere conducive to inmates' participation and successful completion of programs. Program services are available to inmates within this housing area, which reduces inmate movement, as well as staffing requirements. An additional benefit of Direct Supervision Management is lower maintenance costs.