The Jail Bureau of the Sheriff’s Office has the responsibility of meeting the Department’s Mission concerning the corrections function. The functions of the Jail Bureau include: proper care, custody, treatment, supervision, discipline and correctional programs for all persons committed to the custody of the Sheriff; assure compliance with the laws, codes, rules and regulations for the operation and management of the County Jail; and create conditions and opportunities for inmates to increase their abilities to function in society as productive, law-abiding citizens.
County Law, Article 17, Section 650 acknowledges the Sheriff as an Officer of the Court; Correction Law, Article 20, Section 500C designates the Sheriff as custodian of the County Jail. The Correction Law further states that the Sheriff shall receive and safely keep all persons lawfully committed to his custody for safekeeping, examination or trial, or as a witness, committed or sentenced to imprisonment, or committed for contempt. The benefactors of the activities of the Jail Bureau are the inmates themselves, as well as the general public.