The Rockwall County Detention Center is the only holding facility in the county and accepts prisoners from 8 different law enforcement agencies in the county. The detention center is designed to house 243 male and female inmates and employs 74 staff.
The detention center is a tobacco free facility housing inmates accused or convicted of crimes including homicide, burglary, theft, drug trafficking, and assault. Inmates under staff supervision perform everyday jobs such as cooking, cleaning, and maintenance of the facility. By utilizing inmate labor, costs associated with operating the facility are greatly reduced. Inmates are also utilized for maintenance in other parts of the county. Again, this is a savings to the county. Inmates involved in these activities have been screened and are considered low risk. Inmates who have exhibited violent behavior or have any sexual crimes are not permitted to be part of the inmate labor pool.
The average stay in the detention center is approximately 30 days. However, depending on their sentence, inmates can spend a longer period of time in the detention center. With few exceptions, inmates would spend no more than 1 year at the Rockwall County Detention Center.
Several programs are available to inmates. These programs include alcoholic’s anonymous, religious services, group and individual counseling, and 24-7 medical coverage. Inmates have access to both a social and legal library.