The Olmsted County Sheriff is responsible for the detention of adult prisoners including pre-sentenced, sentenced, boarders, and work release. The staff is also responsible for court security.
The Adult Detention Center (ADC) is located in the Olmsted County Government Center at 101 4th Street SE, Rochester Minnesota 55904-3719. The telephone number is 507-328-6790.
About the Adult Detention Center
The ADC is a direct supervision facility with a rated capacity of 202 beds for males and females. The ADC will house detainees for other federal, state, and county agencies when space is available.
The ADC offers educational, recreational, and religious programming for detainees. The maximum-security facility opened in 1993 with 100 beds and has since expanded to 202 beds. The WRF opened in 2003 and houses detainees with work release privileges, are sentenced to service, and have minimum security detainees.
In addition to staff, community volunteers provide education, counseling, library, and religious services. Foodservice, vending, detainee phones, and health care are contracted services. A mental health team manages detainees who present challenges due to illness. Rochester Public Schools provides teachers for Adult Basic Education and GED classes.
What is Direct Supervision?
Direct Supervision is a philosophy of behavior management supported by physical surroundings. Detention facilities that employ Direct Supervision have lower rates of assaults, extortion, and lawsuits than traditional inmate management systems. In addition, Direct Supervision allows for less expensive construction of facilities due to improved behavior of detainees.
In the Direct Supervision model, a detention deputy continually supervises the detainees through a system of rewards and consequences. The deputy works within the housing unit and is in direct contact with the detainees. This style manages behavior positively. Positive expectations of conduct are evident in the physical design of the facility. Deviation from expected behavior results in progressive discipline.
The Direct Supervision management model has proven superior to other management styles.
- Vandalism is almost eliminated
- The facility is cleaner
- The noise level is low
- Detainee assaults on both detainees and staff are significantly reduced
- Detainee behavior is positive
- Staff is more responsive and confident
- Detainees respond to staff direction
- Stress on staff and detainees is reduced resulting in fewer behavior problems