The role of the correctional system is to ensure that an offender's sentence is carried out, whether it is time in jail, parole, probation, or completing community service. The goal of Columbia County Corrections is to fulfill that role while also working to reduce recidivism within the inmate community.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office operates a jail for local offenders with sentences that are handed down from any one of the following courts:
The County Jail typically houses inmates with misdemeanor sentences that are less than a year, as well as detainees awaiting trial or sentencing. Inmates with longer sentences or more violent, felony convictions, will typically be held only temporarily pending transfer to a state prison.
In Columbia County, the Community Justice Department oversees the monitoring and supervision of parolees released from prison, and offenders who are placed on probation. The Community Justice Department is located in the Justice Facility, alongside the Sheriff’s Office and Jail, but it operates as a separate department, under the direction of the County Commissioners.