Department of Detention and
Community Programs

The Broward Sheriff's Office operates the 12th largest local jail system in the United States, and the second largest to have earned national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. The Department of Detention and Community Programs oversees all jail facility operations and community-based offender programs within Broward County.

Department of Detention

Annually, approximately 63,220 inmates crossing every ethnic, age and socioeconomic group are booked into BSO's jail for crimes ranging from civil infractions to murder. The average daily population at all jail facilities, including work release inmates, exceeds 4,600 and is expected to rise each year. The department's Transportation Bureau moves nearly 180,000 inmates annually between facilities, to and from court appointments, and to and from state prison. Many inmates arrive with drug or alcohol addictions, mental health problems, or both, requiring BSO to administer a range of medical and rehabilitative programs.

The Department of Detention operates and administers four jail facilities in the county:

Special units like the Emergency Response Team and Security Threat Group-assist detention facility staff in maintaining a secure and productive environment for inmates and facility personnel.

BSO puts non-violent criminals to work in its inmate work program, which saves Broward County taxpayers more than $1.2 million annually in labor costs related to neighborhood and community-wide improvement projects.

Click here for information about the Department of Detention and Community Programs Command Staff.

For information on arrest procedures, bail information and for instructions on visiting and contacting inmates, click here.

Click here if you are an attorney seeking information about communicating with or visiting an incarcerated client.

Department of Community Programs

Charged with reducing crime and creating safer communities through custodial and community-based programs, the Department of Community Programs maximizes opportunities for offenders to re-enter society successfully. Through various treatment and supervisory programs, BSO affords inmates the chance to become productive members of their community. The Department of Community Programs administers five divisions including Probation Division for the 17th Judicial Circuit; Pre-Trial Services Division, designed to divert criminal defendants from pretrial incarceration; the In-Custody Behavioral Services which operates substance abuse, life skills, and mental health programs in the jails; the Drug Court Treatment Division operates an outpatient substance abuse treatment program for first-time offenders; and the Day Reporting and Reentry Division which helps reintegrate offenders back into the community following release from jail. The division provides offenders with support mechanisms needed to transition successfully back in to the community, while at the same time monitoring their activity to prevent recidivism.

The department has an average of 8,000 offenders under its supervision everyday.

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