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Confinement Bureau

{Chief Bob Knowles}
Executive Chief Deputy Bob Knowles

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards sets rules and procedures, establishes minimum standards for the construction, maintenance, and operation of county jails. The Tarrant County Confinement Bureau has passed this certification every year since 1995.
In October 2012, Tarrant County received certification on the Lon Evans Correction Center, a 207,700 sq. ft., 5 story maximum security facility.  This facility is classified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leader in Energy Environment Design (LEED) as a gold certified facility.  A gold certification, the USGBC’s second highest certification, was awarded for the efficient use of energy, water and material.
The Confinement Bureau is staffed with approximately 1000 men and women certified as detention officers or peace officers (sheriff's deputies) by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).
The Tarrant County Jail has a capacity of approximately 5,000 prisoners and is comprised of 5 facilities:
• Lon Evans Corrections Center – 600 W. Weatherford
This facility has 5 floors designated for inmate housing.
Approximate housing capacity = 444
• Belknap Unit - 350 W. Belknap
This facility has 3 floors designated for inmate housing.
Approximate housing capacity = 463

• Green Bay Unit - 2500 Urban Drive
This facility is a single story building that consists of 1596 inmate beds.
Approximate housing capacity = 1596

• Tarrant County Correction Center - 100 N. Lamar
This facility consists of 13 floors with 9 of those floors designated for inmate housing.
Approximate housing capacity = 2114

• Cold Springs Unit - 1815 Cold Springs Road
This facility has 2 floors and it is designated to house Work Release, Weekenders and Low Risk inmates.
Approximate housing capacity = 384

The Tarrant County Jail Industries is located inside the Tarrant County Corrections Center. This unit is supervised by 1 officer and consists of 15-18 female volunteer inmate trustees who would like to learn a profession in the sewing industry.  This unit produces items such as inmate mattresses, mattress covers, and inmate clothing.  They also make bedding for inmates classified as needing special precautions.  The unit also produces specialized clothing and leather goods for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department.  Besides saving taxpayers money by manufacturing items in-house, the unit is able to turn repaired uniforms and bedding items around quicker and more efficiently than out sourcing the items. 
The Confinement Bureau offers inmates the opportunities to improve their education while in custody.  Courses offered are General Educational Development (G.E.D.) and English as a Second Language.  All facilities provide a full spectrum of inmate counseling services, medical and psychological services.
Inmates have access to the Law Library, to prepare their own legal documents, and the Recreational Library.
The Confinement Bureau books in approximately 35,000 inmates a year. All inmates are centrally received at the Corrections Center where they are booked, photographed and enrolled by their iris
The Confinement Bureau serves approximately 10,250 hot meals per day. The kitchen is located in the Lon Evans Corrections Center and has approximately 14,000 sq. ft., preparing food for all 5 jail facilities.  A registered dietician makes up each day's menu to ensure inmates receive a proper diet. Special meals are prepared for inmates with medical, dietary or religious requirements. 
Approximately 600 inmates are transferred to various courts each week.
If after you have reviewed the web site and still have questions, please feel free to contact us at (817) 884-3116 or (817) 884-3117.
Bob Knowles
Executive Chief Deputy Confinement

Content Last Modified on 8/6/2014 3:56:39 PM

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