Custody Services Division
The Custody Services Division is the largest division in the Sheriff's Office with 119 full time employees, including 104 Correctional Officers. The Custody Services Bureau’s primary function is the care and custody of sentenced and non-sentenced inmates incarcerated in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF). Located in downtown Eureka adjacent to the County Courthouse, the HCCF spans approximately 155,000 square feet on 6 floors and has a board rated capacity of 417 beds. The facility’s kitchen serves over 40,000 meals per year and the commercial size laundry operates 24 hours per day. The county contracts with the California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG) for 24 hour onsite medical and dental care. The facility contains a short-term care medical housing unit. Mental Health and substance abuse treatment services are provided through the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services.
The mission of the Custody Services Bureau is to provide for the safety of the community by the secure detention of individuals arrested and accused of crimes within the jurisdiction of Humboldt County.
The Custody Services Bureau is dedicated to:
- Meeting or exceeding current codes and standards set forth by the State of California while upholding the Constitution of the United States.
- Providing a safe and humane correctional facility for staff and inmates alike.
- The preservation of human dignity.
- Utilizing community involvement and providing inmate programs to enhance educational and social skills.
- Public awareness programs to provide information and promote corrections as a profession.
- Implementing the principles of direct supervision as an efficient management tool to achieve cost effective operations and increase communication while maintaining effective control.
- The professionalism of the corrections field through the selection and training of competent staff, continued education, and promotion within the corrections structure.
- Maximizing the use of inmate work programs that allow qualified offenders an alternative to incarceration while performing community service under the supervision of correctional staff.
The HCCF was designed and is operated as a Direct Supervision facility. The majority of the inmate population are classified and assigned to dormitory style housing units. Those inmates who require separation or segregation are housed in single or double-celled housing unit. Correctional Officers are posted inside the housing units to supervise the inmates 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.