Richmond deputies prepare for transition from jail to Justice Center

7/3/2013, 12:35 p.m.
At a ceremony on Jan. 20, 2012, Richmond broke ground on a new justice center.

— The Richmond Sheriff’s Office is preparing for what it calls a "huge organizational and operational change" when they move from the old Richmond City Jail on Fairfield Way into the Richmond City Justice Center, said to be one of the most modern facilities in the country.

The biggest change will occur when deputy sheriff’s switch from an ‘indirect’ supervision operation to a ‘direct supervision’ operation in the new POD style housing units that they’ll manage in the new facility.

The Sheriff’s Office began the arduous task of training its more than 400 officers in June.

The first of many direct supervision classes was held over a five-day period, June 17 -21. The 23 participants included employees from throughout the organization: Jail Operations, Transition Team, Classification and Courts. It was taught by Sheriff Jerry Clayton of Washtenaw, Michigan, who also is a long-standing instructor with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC).

The sheriff’s team learned valuable information on what the transition from ‘indirect’ to ‘direct’ supervision will require of them, their peers, supervisors and the entire organization. Those completing the course also received certification to teach the course in the future.