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About the Stutsman County Correctional Center

(John M. Steiner / The Sun) A row of steel doors lines a hallway in the county jail. Behind the doors are a series of cell blocks to house inmates. The jail has a capacity of 94 prisoners.

The Stutsman County Correctional Center is a grade one facility, meaning it can confine inmates for up to a year.

It opened in 1986 with an initial capacity of 44 inmates.

After several adjustments, including adding double bunking, the facility now has a capacity of 94 prisoners.

However, as jail consultant David Prachar pointed out in a presentation to Stutsman County commissioners, the jail will almost never actually hold that many prisoners, because certain inmates cannot be placed in the same cells as certain other inmates.

For example, men cannot be housed with women, juveniles cannot be housed with adults and high-risk prisoners cannot be housed with low-risk prisoners.

In the past two years, the SCCC has run at 78 percent capacity, which is considered fairly high.

The average daily population at the SCCC is 74, and its correctional officers book about five people per day, Prachar said.

In 2011, the SCCC staff filled 29.9 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions.

Three administrative workers accounted for 3 FTEs, medical staff accounted for 1.1 FTEs and maintenance accounted for 2 FTEs.

Both sergeants and correctional officers are considered custody staff at the jail. Sergeants filled 3 FTEs in 2011.

All the rest of the hours were worked by correctional officers, with 11.3 FTEs filled by full-time employees and 9.5 by part-time employees.

Custody staff works in eight-, 10- and 12-hour shifts, and administrative employees work eight hours at a time.

The Stutsman County Correctional Center operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.