Evening Lights on Lake Coeur d'Alene , Kootenai County. Courtesy of Quicksilver Photography.
The Jail Bureau consists of the Custody Division and Services Division. The Custody Division is responsible for the care and custody of incarcerated prisoners. This includes, but is not limited to, delivery of meals, ensuring appropriate housing assignments, distribution of medication, prisoner transport, delivery of incoming and outgoing mail, and random prisoner and housing area searches.
The Services Division is responsible for food preparation, Inmate Commissary, inmate medical treatment, the Inmate Worker Program, the Work Release Program, the Sheriff’s Community Labor Program, and facility maintenance. Additionally, the Services Division sustains a Chaplain Corps which is responsible for counseling of inmates, and rehabilitation resources for the inmate population.
The Pierce Clegg Work Release Center oversees inmates sentenced to the Work Release Program and the Sheriff’s Community Labor Program. The Work Release Program is an alternative incarceration program which allows an inmate who is sufficiently trusted and monitored to leave confinement to continue working at their current place of employment and return to the Work Release Center after completion of their shift to serve their jail time.
The Sheriff’s Community Labor Program is an alternative sentencing program which allows low risk offenders to complete hours of community service in lieu of serving jail time. Some options include picking up garbage on the freeway or working at the Solid Waste facility.
The Jail’s Medical Office is staffed by a Nurse Practitioner, a Registered Nurse, and several Licensed Practical Nurses and Medical Assistants. They are responsible for all inmate medical care.
The Jail’s Kitchen is responsible for preparing all inmate meals. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and all special medical and religious meals.
The Chaplain Corps of the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is responsible for planning and implementation of programs such as Parenting Skills, Recovery Programs, Vocational Education, Drug Awareness, as well as keeping the book carts full with reading material. They also volunteer their time to address the many religious needs of inmates on a group basis as well as one-on-one counseling.
The Maintenance Office is responsible for all of the Sheriff’s Office and Jail’s building, grounds, and facility maintenance.