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Information about the Department of Corrections


The Department of Corrections employs 141 staff members.

  • 129 Correctional Officers: Including - 1 Director, 1 Deputy Director, 2 Captains, 6 Lieutenants, 12 Sergeants, 105 full-time correctional officers and 2 part-time correctional officers.
  • 12 Support Staff: Including - 1 Program Manager, 1 Inmate Population Manager, 1 Office Supervisor, 1 Program Technician, 1 Commissary Operator, 1 ACR Technician, 1 Computer Technician, 2 Administrative Assistant, 1 Jail Custodial Leader, 1 Cook, 1 Registered Nurse.


To enter the field of Corrections, officers must undergo a 530 hour college academy course and pass a comprehensive state exam to receive certification by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.


The Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission was formed to establish a process by which jails across the state could evaluate and improve their overall performance through a formal accreditation process. And the facility obtained full accreditation in 2004 and again in 2007. The jail's medical provider also received national level accreditation through the national Commission on Correctional Health Care.

Accreditation is a long-term and continuing goal of this department requiring a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of jail staff. In the end, however, the process helps us maintain the highest level of professional service to the community, and provide a thorough review of the department's status and readiness.

Inmate Work Crews

The Department of Corrections provides many services to the county by way of inmate work crews. Sentenced, non-violent inmates are assigned to County Road Crews, County Maintenance and other jobs around the county. During emergencies, inmate crews are also utilized to aid in cleanup activities and assist Red Cross and Salvation Army workers in distributing food and clothing to those in need.

Cost of Incarceration

New arrivals at the jail learn that being incarcerated can be costly in more ways than one. Inmates are charged for a portion of their food costs during their stay, as well as a co-payment for medical services and prescription drugs. They are also charged for over-the-counter medications.


This information has been designed to give an overall view of the Department of Corrections facility statistics. Total inmates processed, average facility counts and comparisons, as well as ratio counts of the inmate population are displayed.

Total Inmates Processed -From 1997 through 2008 (PDF)

Paul A. Lawson
Chief Correctional Officer
1200 East James Lee Boulevard
Crestview, FL 32539
Phone: (850) 689-5690
Fax: (850) 689-5092