The Host Agency for AJA's 37th Annual Conference & Jail Expo is the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department operates two separate correctional facilities: the Sacramento County Main Jail and the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC).
Completed in 1989, the Main Jail is an eight-story, twin tower complex located in downtown Sacramento. The original construction was a pod design with 1,252 beds and 4 courtrooms. Immediately, 430 cells were double-bunked, increasing the capacity to 1,682 beds. Today, nearly all cells have been double-bunked with the current count standing at 2,412.
Also a pre-sentence facility, the Main Jail houses Federal, State, and county inmates, both male and female, and averages
100 bookings per day. Fulltime medical and psychiatric units are located on the second and third floors, including an 18-bed in-patient psychiatric unit. Also located on the third floor is an intensive out-patient psychiatric program. This is a new program designed as a “step-down” for inmates who are in crisis, helping them integrate back into the general population of the facility.
The RCCC is located 27 miles south of Sacramento on a 140-acre parcel of land owned by the County of Sacramento. Constructed in 1960 with a capacity of 750 inmates, the facility was designed as barracks with bunkbeds, but now incorporates single and double cells as well. RCCC houses minimum, medium, and maximum security inmates, both male and female, with a daily average population of 2,000, primarily county-sentenced inmates.
RCCC is progressive in its approach to rehabilitate, offering a variety of educational, vocational and behavioral classes. Some of its programs include culinary arts, employment readiness and life skills, custodial training, horticulture and landscaping, welding, the Sacramento wild horse program, and engraving/print shop.
The Work Release Division is Sacramento County’s alternative sentencing program, which allows qualified inmates to serve their sentences on electronically monitored home detention or by participating in community work projects. Since 1979, these programs have provided a less disruptive and more humane way for low-risk inmates to serve their commitments and still maintain their employment and family relationships. The community benefits from the inmate labor provided to such groups as school and park districts, churches, civic groups, and other nonprofit organizations. The county benefits from reduced jail population and incarceration costs.