The R. Eugene Johnson Detention Center is an essential part of the Criminal Justice System in Laurens County, South Carolina. As such the Detention Center is committed to providing its users and citizens of Laurens County with quality and efficient service. The Johnson Detention Center is but one part of the criminal justice system serving the citizens of Laurens County. We recognize that each segment of the system impacts the nature and size of the Detention Center population. We endorse, to the extent consistent with the primary goal of the public safety and security, the development of alternatives to incarceration (such as community service, electronic monitoring) as an integral part of the Johnson Detention Center’s criminal justice system. The Detention Center must also serve the needs of all user agencies and individuals, including prisoners, staff, law enforcement, the courts, attorneys, and community organizations.
The Johnson Detention Center will serve as the intake center for un-sentenced misdemeanor and/or felony detainees/inmates, and as an incarceration facility for sentenced offenders. It will provide facilities for the detention of both un-sentenced detainees/inmates and sentenced inmates in a minimum, medium, and maximum security environment. All facilities will provide housing and services of equal quality for all classes of detainees/inmates.
The Detention Center will provide sufficient security to prevent escapes by foreseeable means. Security will be maintained by assignment of detainees/inmates to minimum, medium, or maximum security based upon the application of a thorough and rational classification and assignment system.
The protection of the public, staff, detainees/inmates in their person and property will be the highest priority when operating the Johnson Detention Center.
The Johnson Detention Center will strive, as a goal, to ensure those confined are no worse off upon release than prior to incarceration. The achievement of this goal is to be promoted by staff through the humane and dignified treatment of detainees/inmates, along with adequate space, privacy and personal necessities, provisions for adequate exercise, visitation and access to services of outside agencies. The facility will provide the provisions for programs and services to promote self-development and religious worship. In order to aid with future management of the Johnson Detention Center, provisions will be made for routine collection of data pertaining to persons served by the facility. This data will include, but not be limited to, type of offense, sentencing status, length of stay in the detention center, and effectiveness of detainee and inmate programs. This information will be evaluated by the administration on a regular basis and will be utilized to improve operational standards whenever necessary.
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