The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has the legal obligation to care for persons held in County custody. The department operates a system of seven detention facilities throughout San Diego, with a combined average daily population of more than 5,000 inmates. These facilities vary greatly in size, design, and function. Some are in urban areas, co-located with regional court complexes providing high levels of security. Others are medium security facilities located in rural settings, serving the needs of lower risk, sentenced inmates. What they all have in common are the dedicated men and women who operate the facilities in a safe and humane manner, conforming to all laws and professional detention standards.