The current facility was opened in April of 1988. The jail has capacity for 157 inmates, with another 100 inmates next door at the County's work release/community corrections center. The Hancock County Sheriff's Department Jail Division consists of 22 full time custody staff and 3 part time staff.
Whenever a person is arrested in Hancock County, that person is brought to our facility. We house prisoners charged with minor misdemeanors like public intoxication or driving while suspended all the way up to Murder. While in custody, our staff is responsible for all inmates care, custody and safety. This facility provides for inmate laundry services, meal preperation and service, and most medical and dental needs.
Although most prisoners stay only a short period, some prisoners may stay the entire time from arrest, through tiral, to sentencing. Even after sentencing, inmates may stay at the county jail for extended periods of time waiting for available space at a state institution. The Hancock County Jail averages a daily inmate population ranging from 125 to 165.