The Land O’ Lakes Detention Center is the central booking and intake location for all law enforcement agencies operating throughout Pasco County. The care, custody and control of individuals arrested in Pasco County by the Sheriff’s Office and various state and local police agencies is the responsibility of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Court Services Bureau.
Major Stacey Jenkins is the Court Services Bureau Commander and she is responsible for overseeing the entire operation, which is divided into the Support Services Division and the Security Services Division.
Support Services Division is commanded by Captain Terrance Edmonson and is comprised of the following sections:
- Inmate Processing Section- Intake / Release, Classification, Records, Juvenile Assessment Center, Property / Cashiers, Sentencing
- Logistic Services– Bureau Purchasing, Inmate Labor, Laundry, Receiving Control
- Judicial Services Section– Criminal Process, Civil Process, Court Security
Security Services Division is commanded by Captain Rachael Williamson and is comprised of the following sections:
- Jail Operations– Housing Security, Tactical Action Control Team, Inner Perimeter Security
- Administrative Services– Inmate Services (Commissary & Visitation), Inmate Programs, Vendors, Accreditation, Fire Safety / Sanitation, Lobby / Mailroom
Confined in the Land O’ Lakes Detention Facilities are individuals who have been arrested and held without bond, been unable to post bail set by the courts, are being transferred from other states or counties while awaiting trial in Pasco County, or those found guilty and sentenced to serve less than one year in county jail. The facility houses both sentenced and pre-trial men and women on misdemeanor and felony crimes. Juveniles between the ages of 14 and 17 who have been adjudicated as adults are also housed in the facility.
The Land O’ Lakes Detention Facility is located at 20101 Central Boulevard in Land O’ Lakes and was dedicated on March 1, 1991. It is a two-story, reinforced masonry facility and was originally comprised of three inmate housing pods and a central administrative and support core. In addition, there is a 55-bed medical/psychiatric unit. Each housing unit contains a total of 96 cells divided into six 16-cell units, each with a day room space. Each pod has handicap accommodations, and there is one pod set up for special management inmates. There is also a Minimum Security Annex, which is a reduced-cost solution for Pasco County’s ever-increasing inmate population. The building is a tensioned-membrane structure that is designed to withstand 110 mile per hour winds. The building is a state-of-the-art facility that has its own showers, bathrooms and recreational area which are separate from the main detention center structure. The Minimum Security Annex can house up to 104 inmates. In August, 2009 a three-story addition was completed which includes 12 housing units, with a total inmate capacity of 768. The detention facility, including Sheriff’s Office administrative sections, contains 345,992 square feet and has a rated capacity to house 1,432 inmates before utilizing any temporary bed space.
The inmate housing units are monitored by a deputy who is responsible for the care, custody and control of the inmates. The deputies practice the principles of direct supervision, which helps reduce the number of staff necessary to operate the facility, and reduces inmate violence and vandalism. Direct supervision enhances interaction between inmates and staff and reduces the need for frequent and costly movement of inmates, providing services in the housing areas.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office detainees are offered a variety of Inmate Support Programs, as well as, Vocation Training Programs to aid them in personal growth and development. Our facility offers anger management, parenting classes, a GED program, substance abuse programs, and religious services. The facility offers specialty housing for faith based and veteran’s services for inmates who meet specific classification requirements. Military veterans have access to VA Criminal Justice liaisons and monthly classes facilitated by the local Veterans Center. Faith-based inmates attend Celebrate Recovery meetings, work through Family Integrity Training life skills, attend Bible studies, and participate in praise and worship services. Inmates who meet certain classification requirements may be selected to participate in vocational programs to include: Hydroponics, Swine, Janitorial Services, Grounds Maintenance, Sewing and Welding.