The Corrections Division operates under the philosophy of direct supervision.
Direct Supervision is a nationally recognized program encouraging an open structure facility including the option of pods or dormitory-style housing for corrections officers to supervise inmates. Each pod contains separate secured cells for periods of lock-down including sleeping hours. Cost-effective, dormitory housing is utilized for low-risk inmates. Corrections officers are required to successfully complete a 5-week, state-certified police training program, designed to prepare officers to work in a correctional facility. In addition to the 5-week state-certified course, the Lake County Sheriff's Office provides a 1-week Direct Supervision Training for all officers.
Benefits of Direct Supervision include successfully managing inmates' behavior through just and fair leadership, effective communication and the skills to influence behavior. Direct Supervision results in a safer environment for both inmates and staff.