We serve and protect our community with professionalism by providing a safe and secure detention facility for all individuals in our care or custody to fulfill our role in the Criminal Justice System.
Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk officially unveiled the Brazos County Detention Center at a grand opening ceremony on Tuesday evening, September 7, 2010. When he assumed office in 1997, Sheriff Kirk saw the future need for additional jail space as our county has continued to grow. In 2007, with help from County Officials, we began planning for the new detention center. Ground was broken in January 2009 and about twenty months later construction was complete on the new $55 million facility. Designed to house 685 inmates, the new medium/maximum security expansion is approximately 139,000 square feet; most of that space is dedicated to housing inmates. Combined with our existing facility, located at the same site, the Brazos County Detention Center can now house up to 1,087 inmates and has a little more than 200,000 square feet.
The new facility consists of eight, 64 person dorms. Operations are assisted with state of the art technology for enhanced performance. The Special Housing Unit or "SHU" was designed for inmate orientation, inmates with medical and mental health special needs, as well as administrative segregation. The SHU has a total of 173 beds. The new expansion enabled us to combine two facilities into one location. All detainees from the "Courthouse" jail were transferred into the new facility.