Inmates committed to the Hamilton County Jail are normally classified within eight days of their committal date. Each inmate is placed into the least restrictive custody level possible. Inmate classification includes minimum, medium, medium close, and maximum custody levels. To ensure health and safety, physical separation is maintained between the following categories: adult and juvenile inmates,
maximum custody inmates and those who may be violent or harmful to themselves or others, special needs offenders (elderly, medical, mental health), protective custody inmates.