The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has the legal
obligation to care for persons held in County custody. The
department operates a system of seven detention facilities
throughout San Diego, with a combined average daily population
of more than 5,000 inmates.
These facilities vary greatly in size, design, and function.
Some are in urban areas, co-located with regional court
complexes providing high levels of security. Others are
medium security facilities located in rural settings, serving
the needs of lower risk, sentenced inmates. What they all have
in common are the dedicated men and women who operate the
facilities in a safe and humane manner, conforming to all laws
and professional detention standards.
In addition to booking, classifying, housing, and releasing
approximately 100,000 inmates per year, the department provides
a wide array of quality services including medical, mental
health, food, counseling, recreation, religious, education and
job training services.
Virtually every aspect of jail operations is subject to careful
oversight. The Board of State & Community Corrections (BSCC)
sets the standards for the operation of local
detention facilities. Regular BSCC inspections are conducted to
ensure compliance with those standards. Additional oversight is
provided by the San Diego County Grand Jury, State and local
Fire Marshals, County Environmental Health, Medical authorities,
the Citizen’s Law Enforcement Review Board and the Sheriff’s own
administrative staff and the Division of Inspectional Services (DIS). Together, they ensure that the
community can enjoy a high degree of confidence that their local
detention facilities are being operated safely and responsibly.