The Clay County Jail and Detention Center is under the leadership and direction of Mrs. Hope Burns as Jail Administrator and in addition to Dave McDonald as Head Jailer, and Transport Deputy.
All person who are arrested and taken into custody are transported to the Detention Center for booking and incarceration. Starting at the first of the year, the Detention Center will only house male inmates.
The inmates do not have access to television or radio, but are allowed to purchase e-cigarettes. The Detention Center has a full kitchen where all meals are prepared for inmates. The kitchen is used by the "Act 309" inmates, who are state prisoners assigned to work duties in local detention facilities. With rare exception, the meals consist of oatmeal for breakfast, bologna for lunch, and beans and cornbread for dinner. Meals are supplemented with fresh produce grown by and tended to by inmates in a vegetable garden area located outside the facility.
Each member of the Detention Center staff us required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of state approved training to become certified Jailers, and continuing education and training is required.
All Jailers are required to know the booking process. Which is the responsibility for the receiving and intake process for all prisoners. This includes computer book-in, fingerprinting, photographing, searching, change-out, and housing cell block assignment. They also are responsible for the dispensing of prescription and non-prescription medications, as well as handling commissary and deals personally with inmates in the housing areas. Also responsible for controlling all entrances and exit points to the facility, monitoring security video surveillance systems, and observing inmates in housing areas.
The Clay County Detention Center operates in full compliance with guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Criminal Detention Facilities Review Committee and is routinely inspected by members of that committee.