Escambia County Jail
The Escambia County Jail and its employees are dedicated to public service and the care, custody and control of the inmates detained. All inmates are treated with fairness and respect, with the primary goal of maintaining a safe, humane and secure environment for both inmates and staff. In addition, the jail supports former inmates in their attempts to reintegrate into the community by providing programs that will promote a positive attitude and encourage behavioral changes. The facility has 815 beds and employs over 450 in the main jail & work release security, health services, booking & transportation, central support services, training and citizen liaison, professional standards and accreditation, and contract services divisions.
On April 29, 2014, the basement of the Central Booking and Detention Center experienced torrential rainfall which flooded the entire basement, and as a result, caused an explosion that occurred in the early morning hours of April 30. The explosion resulted in the catastrophic loss of the facility and it was condemned. Due to the loss of this facility, Escambia County Corrections lost over 600 beds and inmates are now being housed at the County Work Release Center, Work Annex as well as at the Walton County Jail to make up for that loss of bed space. On Aug. 10, 2017, the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners voted to select Whitesell-Green/Caddell as the design-build entity who will oversee the building our new jail facility. It is expected to be complete in the spring of 2021. Read more about the new correctional facility.