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Interested in a career with the Henry County Detention Center?

Job Description 

Detention officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in a jail or prison.

Detention officers typically do the following:

  • Enforce rules and keep order within jails or prisons

  • Supervise activities of inmates

  • Aid in rehabilitation and counseling of offenders

  • Inspect facilities to ensure that they meet standards

  • Search inmates for contraband items

  • Report on inmate conduct 


Inside the prison or jail, detention officers enforce rules and regulations. They maintain security by preventing disturbances, assaults, and escapes. Detention officers supervise the daily activities of inmates, ensuring that inmates obey the rules. They must also ensure the whereabouts of all inmates at all times.


On any given day, officers search inmates for contraband, such as weapons and drugs, settle disputes between inmates, and enforce discipline. Officers enforce regulations through effective communication and the use of progressive sanctions, which involve punishments, such as loss of privileges. Sanctions are progressive in that they start out small for a lesser offense but become more severe for more serious offenses. In addition, officers may aid inmates in their rehabilitation by scheduling work assignments, counseling, and educational opportunities.


Detention officers periodically inspect facilities. They check cells and other areas for unsanitary conditions, contraband, signs of a security breach (such as tampering with window bars and doors), and any other evidence of violations of the rules. Officers also inspect mail and visitors for prohibited items. They write reports and fill out daily logs detailing inmate behavior and anything else of note that occurred during their shift.


Detention officers may have to restrain inmates in handcuffs and leg irons to escort them safely to and from cells and to see authorized visitors. Officers also escort prisoners between the institution and courtrooms, medical facilities, and other destinations.

Detention officers must report any inmate who violates the rules. If a crime is committed within their institution or an inmate escapes, they help law enforcement authorities investigate and search for the escapee.

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Minimum requirements

  • High School graduate or GED

  • 18 years old

  • no criminal history                                                       

Job package

  • Starts at $13.50hr, .50 bump after probation

  • Full county benefits

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