Detention Classification Specialist
- Job Code: W2902
- Pay Grade:WM
- Pay Scale:$20.60-$37.28 Hourly; $42,848.00-$77,542.40 Annually
Review inmates’ criminal and behavioral history. Conduct a comprehensive security assessment and evaluation to determine the level of custody and housing assignments.
Duties & Responsibilities
Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.
- Conduct comprehensive security assessments to classify inmates booked into the jail by reviewing criminal histories and alerts, medical and mental health information, and prior institutional behavior.
- Monitor inmate population and adjust housing designations.
- Determine initial safe and secure housing for inmates and assess inmates for reclassification a minimum of every 60 days to determine if a change in classification is warranted due to behavior, custody status, or additional information.
- Review, approve, and coordinate the release of inmates from jail as necessary (e.g. to other jurisdictions, federal, correctional, programs, mental health facilities, etc.).
- Process court dockets for felony, misdemeanor, and traffic court; enter updates into file and computer system and calculate jail sentences.
- Research, clarify, or verify incomplete information on inmates’ charges or status by consulting various external agencies.
- Screen, evaluate, and determine inmates’ eligibility for placement on trusty status to perform work assignments.
- Counsel and respond to inmates’ requests and grievances.
- Conduct weekly confinement meetings with detention, medical, and psychiatric staff regarding inmates’ continued placement in confinement housing.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Working knowledge of the theories, techniques, and methods of objective detention classification and assessment.
- Working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws governing the criminal justice system.
- Working knowledge of the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Services policies, procedures, and guidelines.
- Skills in logistics, critical thinking, multi-tasking, and problem solving.
- Ability to conduct research, collect, and interpret information and develop logical conclusions and/or recommendations.
- Ability to maintain confidential information.
- Ability to work effectively with others.
- Ability to use a computer and related software.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability and willingness to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
Minimum Education & Experience
- A high school diploma or possession of a GED certificate.
- Four years of experience classifying inmates for jail programs and services.
- An associate's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
- Two years of experience classifying inmates for jail programs and services.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
Required Pre-Employment Testing
A passing score on pre-employment testing.
Additional Job Requirements
- Attendance at the specified Sheriff's Office work location is required.
- Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
- No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
- No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
- No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 12 months.
- No felony convictions within lifetime.
- No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
- No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
- Successful completion of a background investigation including criminal, reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; polygraph; medical evaluation; and drug screening.
General Benefit Information
Benefits include but are not limited to:
- Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
- Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
- Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
- Employee Assistance Program
- Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
- Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
- Tuition reimbursement
- Paid training