On November 20, 2008, the Paulding County Jail closed its doors due to the failure of the operation levy in November’s general election. This closure resulted in the permanent layoff of 12 full-time staff members and 10 part-time personnel. With the closing of the jail we changed our status as a 24-hour “Full Service Facility” to a 6-hour “Temporary Holding Facility”.
Today, with 4 full-time staff and a few part-time personnel, we book and hold inmates in the two holding cells located in the booking area. Inmates are held until they are transported to a housing facility, not to exceed 6 hours of confinement in the Paulding County facility. The Staff provides 24-hour coverage for our holding facility, and has a host of responsibilities such as conducting pre-booking health screenings, booking, fingerprinting, photographing, and finally transporting inmates to a facility to be housed. The staff also has the added responsibility of arranging and providing transportation for inmates to and from court and medical appointments.
In 2015, 524 inmates were booked into the Paulding County Holding Facility for a daily average population of 25.47 inmates. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Putnam County for housing our inmates in 2015 was $250,000.00. Paulding County entered into a 2016-2017 MOU in the amount of $325,000.00/year. Since closing our jail, Paulding County paid $1,798,547.75 for inmate housing by the end of 2015.
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