The Blount County Adult Detention Facility is certified for 350 inmates. In 2012, the facility had an average daily count of 505 inmates, well above the 2011 average of 455, and the 2010 average of 415 inmates. Inmates housed at the facility are from every corner of Tennessee. Blount County contracts with the Tennessee Department of Corrections as well as the U.S. Marshals Service. The facility also houses prisoners from other agencies outside of Blount County.
A full-time investigator investigates incidences that occur in the detention facility, as well as gathers intelligence.
Tennessee Bureau Enterprises, in conjunction with Aramark Inmate Services, holds the contract for commissary service.
The Litter Crew Program continues to pick up trash along Blount County’s roadways. During the fiscal year July 2011 through June 2012, inmates covered 928.2 miles of county and state roadways, and picked up 189,390 pounds of trash. They also recycled 2,860 pounds of glass and 933 pounds of aluminum. In addition, they cleaned up 15,884 pounds of trash from dumpsites.
Southern Health Partners has the contract to provide medical care for inmates. The medical staff consists of a nurse practitioner who is employed by the Sheriff’s Office, as well as seven full-time LPNs a part-time LPN, and a file clerk employed by Southern Health Partners. In addition, a medical doctor is on-call 24 hours a day.
CERT (Corrections Emergency Response Team) is a special unit of the Correction’s Division. The team consists of full-time corrections officers who use less-lethal methods of control. They deal with high risk situations in the detention facility. CERT handles crowd control, riot conditions, and security extractions of violent inmates. The team also executes high security shake downs to search the detention facility for contraband.
Corrections Training Program
All new corrections officers complete the Corrections Training Program, which is eight weeks in length. It is a standardized course that ensures officers receive equal training. Within their first year of employment, corrections officers are required to complete 40 hours of training to be certified by the Tennessee Corrections Institute. Each year thereafter, corrections officers are required to complete 40 hours of in-service training. Beginning in 2013, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office received certification through TCI to teach a 40 hour Corrections Academy to new corrections officers.