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Custody Services Bureau

Bureau Mission

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:

1. Meeting or exceeding current codes and standards set for the by the State of California while upholding the Constitution of the United States.

2. Providing a safe and humane Correctional Facility for staff and inmates alike.

3. The preservation of human dignity.

4. Utilizing community involvement and providing inmate programs to enhance educational and social skills.

5. Public awareness programs to provide information and promote Corrections as a profession.

6. Implementing the principles of Direct Supervision as an efficient management tool to achieve cost effective operations and increase communication while maintaining effective control.

7. The professionalism of the Corrections field through the selection and training of competent staff, continued education and promotion within the Corrections structure.

8. 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.


Bureau Description

The Custody Services Bureau is the largest bureau in the Sheriff's Office with 131 full time employees, including 116 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 six floors and has a Board rated capacity of 411 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 on-site medical and dental care. The facility contains a short-term care medical housing unit accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality. Mental Health and substance abuse treatment services are provided through the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services. 

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. The HCCF offers a variety of programs and services to the inmates, such as educational classes provided by Eureka Adult Education, substance abuse education and treatment, AA and NA groups, jail ministry services and religious services. The inmates are encouraged to participate in programs that will help prepare them for their successful return to the community. 

As an alternative to jail, qualified offenders may also apply to serve their sentence on the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program or SWAP. Participants on SWAP, under supervision, are assigned to a variety of manual labor work projects including brush removal, landscaping, wood cutting, painting, carpentry and caring for cattle and hogs at our County Farm. This program allows individuals to live at home with their families, maintain employment or continue their education while serving out their sentence in a productive manner that also benefits the community.

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