Header

  Close Menu

Jail Divisions / Inspections

Kenneth Whipker
Executive Liaison
(317) 232-4764
kwhipker@idoc.IN.gov

Chance Sweat
Jail Inspector- Northern Region
(317) 232-5741
csweat@idoc.IN.gov

Jeff Groh
Jail Inspector- Southern Region
(202) 386-5306
JGroh@idoc.IN.gov

Duties

  • The IDOC- Sheriff and County Jail Operations Division is responsible for conducting annual inspections of establish best practices based upon the Indiana Jail Standards (210 IAC 3-1), American Correctional Association (ACA) and the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) in all of the 91 county Jails and 1 privately operated jail by performing documented inspections and confirming compliance with County, State and Federal regulations and Constitutional law.
  • Act as a liaison with the Indiana Ombudsman Bureau, Indiana Sheriff’s and county jails in conjunction with the Indiana Sheriff’s Association (ISA), American Correctional Association (ACA), National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriff’s Association and all concerned partners and elected officials for improved county jail operations. If necessary, called upon to testify and interviewed by news media regarding a county jail inspection, safety hazard or environmental issues facing a county jail or the Department of Correction.
  • Provide training and develop curriculum as needed to the Sheriffs, jail custody staff, and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). Providing technical assistance, research, assessments, review and provide recommendations for corrective actions relating to the inspection process and jail standards compliance. Including the review and approval as needed of blue prints for remodel or new construction to determine if the design meets the Indiana Jail and the ACA Standards.

*The Sheriff and County Jail Operations Division does not assist with jail complaints and/or grievances. All jail complaints and/or grievances shall be submitted directly to the reflective Sheriff’s department and/or addressed through the interior grievance or medical system in place.

  • IC 11-12-4-1

    IC 11-12-4-1Adoption of minimum standards; requirements of standards; committee of sheriffs; views and suggestions of sheriffs and county commissioners

    Sec. 1. (a) The department shall adopt under IC 4-22-2 minimum standards for county jails governing:

    (1) general physical and environmental conditions;

    (2) services and programs to be provided to confined persons; and

    (3) procedures for the care and control of confined persons that are necessary to ensure the health and safety of confined persons, the security of the jail, and public safety.

    However, the department may not adopt any standard that prohibits the placement of more than one (1) prisoner in a prisoner cell that has thirty-five (35) square feet or more of floor space per prisoner.

    (b) The standards must be sufficiently flexible to foster the development of new and improved practices and to accommodate local needs and circumstances. The standards must be consistent with the laws of Indiana and the rules of the state department of health and the fire prevention and building safety commission.

    (c) The commissioner shall select a committee of not less than five (5) county sheriffs to consult with the department before and during the drafting of the proposed minimum standards. County sheriffs shall be selected from the various classes of counties to ensure that densely, moderately, and sparsely populated counties are represented. Each county sheriff is entitled to the minimum salary per diem as provided in IC 4-10-11-2.1 for each day engaged in the official business of the committee and to reimbursement for traveling and other expenses, as provided in the state travel policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency.

    (d) At least sixty (60) days before setting the date for a public hearing under IC 4-22-2, the department shall forward copies of the proposed minimum standards to each county sheriff and each board of county commissioners and shall solicit their views and suggestions.

  • IC 11-12-4-4 (b)

    (b) A person may be confined in the county jail only if there is a jail officer stationed in the jail.
    ** Whatever part of the website this is from may only be referring to that part but the whole statute says: IC 11-12-4-4Jail officer; necessity; training

    Sec. 4. (a) As used in this section, "jail officer" means a person whose duties include the daily or ongoing supervision of county jail inmates.

    (b) A person may be confined in the county jail only if there is a jail officer stationed in the jail.

    (c) A jail officer whose employment begins after December 31, 1985, shall complete the training required by this section during the first year of employment. This subsection does not apply to a jail officer who:

    (1) has successfully completed minimum basic training requirements (other than training completed under IC 5-2-1-9(i)) for law enforcement officers established by the law enforcement training board; or

    (2) is a law enforcement officer and is exempt from the training requirements of IC 5-2-1. For purposes of this subdivision, completion of the training requirements of IC 5-2-1-9(i) does not exempt an officer from the minimum basic training requirements of IC 5-2-1.

    (d) The law enforcement training board shall develop a forty (40) hour program for the specialized training of jail officers. The program training must include six (6) hours of training in interacting with persons with mental illness, addictive disorders, intellectual disabilities, and developmental disabilities, to be provided by persons approved by the secretary of family and social services and the law enforcement training board. The remainder of the training shall be provided by the board.

    (e) The board shall certify each person who successfully completes such a training program.

    (f) The department shall pay the cost of training each jail officer

  • IC 36-2-2-24

    IC 36-2-2-24County courthouse, jail, and public offices

    Sec. 24. (a) The executive shall establish and maintain a county courthouse, county jail, and public offices for the county clerk, the county auditor, the county recorder, the county treasurer, the county sheriff, and the county surveyor.

    (b) Offices for the surveyor must be in the courthouse or at the county seat.

    (c) Offices for the sheriff may be located:

    (1) in the courthouse;

    (2) inside the corporate limits of the county seat; or

    (3) outside the corporate limits of the county seat but within the limits of the county.

  • IC 11-10-3-5

    IC 11-10-3-5Copayment requirements; exceptions

    Sec. 5. (a) This section does not apply to a person committed to the department who:

    (1) maintains a policy of insurance from a private company covering:

    (A) medical care;

    (B) dental care;

    (C) eye care; or

    (D) any other health care related service; or

    (2) is willing to pay for the person's own medical care.

    (b) Except as provided in subsection (c), a person committed to the department may be required to make a copayment in an amount of not more than ten dollars ($10) for each provision of any of the following services:

    (1) Medical care.

    (2) Dental care.

    (3) Eye care.

    (4) Any other health care related service.

    (c) A person committed to the department is not required to make the copayment under subsection (b) if:

    (1) the person does not have funds in the person's commissary account or trust account at the time the service is provided;

    (2) the person does not have funds in the person's commissary account or trust account within thirty (30) days after the service is provided;

    (3) the service is provided in an emergency;

    (4) the service is provided as a result of an injury received in the correctional facility; or

    (5) the service is provided at the request of the administrator of the correctional facility.

    (d) Money collected under this section must be used to reimburse the department whenever a person makes a copayment as a result of health care related services provided during the person's confinement in a correctional facility.

    (e) The department shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to implement this section.

  • IC 7-2-1 (e)

    IC 7-2-1Medical Standards

    (e) All offenders who have been committed to the department, but who are housed in a county jail, shall be subject to the rules of the county jail in which they are housed. Any co-payment for health care services shall be as determined by the rules of the county jail.

    210 IAC 7-2-1