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Detention Bureau

It is the mission of the Clay County Detention Facility to provide a safe,


secure,  functional and humane environment for inmates, staff and visitors.


The Clay County Jail is accredited by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc. (FCAC). This top-notch detention facility repeatedly meets all required jail standards and is granted honorable mentions regularly by independent assessors. The men and women of the Clay County Detention Bureau are well trained professionals who take pride in their jail facility.


Bureau Commander: Major Mike Lawrence

Chief of Detention Security: Captain Tom Waugh

Chief of Detention Administration:
Captain Terry Arnold

Warrants/Transport: Lt. Jason Bennett

Chaplain: Rev. Doug Matyi


For information regarding visiting a Clay County Jail inmate,

please click here.

Jail related frequently asked questions (FAQ's), click here (English and Spanish).


The Security Section of the Detention Bureau provides for the safety of the local community by insuring the Jail Facility is secure.  The Security Division’s primary responsibility is for the care, custody, and control of the jails inmate population.  Whether moving inmates between the courts, to medical appointments, or for programs, the Security Division is responsible for that safe transition.  In addition to inmate movement, the Security Division delivers and supervises inmate meals, population counts and cell cleanliness.  With continuous searches and security checks throughout the entire jail complex, the Security Division ensures a safe environment for those housed here as well as those that work and visit the Jail Facility.




The Administration Division of the Detention Bureau is responsible for Court Security, court liaison, inmate programs, inmate sentencing, medical security, accreditation and jail inspections.  One of the most advantageous services that we provide is the SWEAT program.  The “Sheriff’s Work Ethic and Training” program is for youthful offenders under the age of 18.  Each Saturday these youths, who are sentenced by the court, go throughout the county and pick up trash on the side of the road.  This program serves as a deterrent for future offenders and helps to keep our county clean.  Each of the units mentioned here provides a valuable service to the taxpayers of Clay County.



The Warrants/Fugitive and Transport Section consists of one lieutenant, one sergeant, and five deputies assigned to each section.  Two civilian Warrants Specialists are assigned to the section and are responsible for receiving, logging and verifying the continuous flow of daily paperwork from various entities plus answering in excess of one hundred telephone calls a day.  The Transport Section averages more than one thousand transports a year, moving over seventeen hundred inmates in or out of the jail facility.  This section is responsible for all extraditions in the United States and U. S. Territories.  Transports consist of inmates who have committed minor offenses to inmates on death row.  The Warrants Section is responsible for the location and apprehension of all issued warrants, affidavits, child support writs, juvenile custody pick-up orders and ex-parte orders. 


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