The Lexington County
Sheriff’s Department Detention and Judicial Services Bureau manages the Lexington
County Detention Center, which serves the secure detention needs of the law
enforcement community as well as the public safety needs of citizens in Lexington
County. Correctional officers at the Detention Center provide humane and
safe confinement of inmates who have been convicted and sentenced and
inmates who are awaiting trial. The detention facility is located at the
Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex at 521 Gibson Road,
Lexington. On average, the Detention Center houses more than 700 inmates.
The oldest part of the Detention Center (maximum security) is designed to house
102 inmates and was built in 1975. In 1991, an annex (medium security) that is designed
to house 168 inmates was constructed. In 1999, a new maximum and medium-security
facility was added to house an additional 412 inmates. The Detention Center
houses adult male and female inmates for municipal, county, state and federal
law enforcement agencies. Lexington County contracts with the South Carolina
Department of Juvenile Justice to house inmates who are juveniles.
About 121 correctional officers, administrative and supervisory personnel are
assigned to work at the Detention Center. The Sheriff’s Department employs at
least five internationally certified corrections professionals, including
Sheriff James R. Metts. The professional principles of the American Jail
Association, American Correctional Association and National Commission for
Correctional Health Care guide the management and operation of the detention
facility. This responsible management, combined with continual training of
staff, help maintain control of operations in the most cost-effective manner.
The Detention Center offers
several counseling programs for inmates who are addicted to alcohol and drugs
in order to provide them with an opportunity to make changes in their personal
lives that will reduce the likelihood that they will be arrested and jailed again
for committing additional crimes after they are released from the detention
In 2012, a total of 231 inmates
successfully completed alcohol and drug abuse counseling programs, job skills programs
and personal growth programs while they were housed at the detention facility.
In 2012, 83 percent of the 184 inmates who were released from the detention
facility after completing an alcohol and drug abuse counseling program, job
skills program or personal growth program successfully returned to the community
and were not arrested and jailed again for committing additional crimes.
The Detention Center also
houses sentenced state and local inmate workers who provide labor at the
detention facility as well as other Lexington County government offices and
buildings. Inmate workers also are utilized to pick up litter along public
roadways across Lexington County.