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When individuals are arrested, they are transported to the Nolan County Jail/Detention facility where each arrestee is searched to ensure that no contraband is brought into the facility. Each arrestee is then examined for injuries and/or any medical conditions that need immediate treatment. A second medical examination is conducted later in the booking process to ensure all conditions that an arrestee may have are properly noted and that the facility is capable of meeting the arrestee's medical needs. Arrestee's who do not require immediate medical treatment remain in the facility while the booking process is started.

During the booking process, each arrestee is photographed and personal information acquired is entered into a records management system along with charges. Fingerprints are then acquired using an electronic (inkless) AFIS finger and palm print system to establish identity.

Some arrestee's may be eligible for release on their own recognizance after booking. Intoxicated individuals will be held for a mandatory period of 6 hours or more to ensure they are sober enough to be safely released. Most arrestee's are eligible for bail, and will be given the opportunity to make phone calls to arrange bail through friends, family, or bail agents. A list of bail agents is available in the facility booking area.

When it is determined that an arrestee will not be released on their own recognizance or make bail, prior to classification an inventory of their property is conducted as part of this process and personal items not allowed in the housing units (jail) are placed in a secure locker for safekeeping. U.S. currency at the time of booking is deposited into an inmate account under the arrestee's name.

Though booking officers on duty are dedicated to ensuring the prompt processing and release of eligible arrestees, the time requirement to complete this process may be affected by the volume of arrestees being processed simultaneously, computer error, and or the availability of information from state (TCIC) and national (NCIC) databases.

Uncooperative arrestees will be processed as soon as the booking officer is able to do so.


The classification process begins during booking and continues until processed into the detention facility. Inmates are classified into one of three categories, Minimum, Medium and Maximum. The placement of inmates into these categories depends on a number of objective risk factors that are considered when determining the custody level of each inmate. The purpose of Classification is to house inmates of similar classification together in order to minimize the risk of conflict and allow housing inmates in units that are best suited to the determined level of risk.

Although the classification system is regarded as very reliable, situations may occur justifying an override of an inmate's custody level. The facility administrator has the authority to move or place an inmate where appropriate in order to preserve order, protect other individuals or property from harm. Inmates who have a concern about their classification are welcome to submit an Inmate Request and have their concern addressed. After the initial classification process, Inmates are reclassified every 30 days to determine if their level has changed. Thereafter, there are several events that may result in the reclassification of an inmate. The addition of new charges, reduction of charges, sentencing, and serious disciplinary actions are all events that might trigger reclassification.

Each inmate is issued a basic facility rules and procedures handbook that explains the rules and information which provide guidelines for inmate behavior, as well as informing them about visiting, mail, contraband, security violations, inmate grooming, telephone calls and religious programs.

While in custody, inmates may be interviewed by various professional staff members. Interviews are sometimes conducted, depending on need, by law enforcement, psychiatrists, drug and alcohol treatment specialists, chaplains, educators and medical staff, who together help to determine the services and programming appropriate for each inmate.

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Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas 79556
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