Major Paul Laxton
The Corrections Bureau is responsible for providing the care, custody and control of the inmates incarcerated in the Marion County Jail. The jail exists for the detention of persons as required by law. Confined in the jail are persons serving time for crimes for which they have been convicted, and others who are awaiting trial. Some of these inmates will be transferred to other county or municipal facilities, or transferred to the state prison system. In keeping with the philosophy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, convicted prisoners are sentenced to jail as punishment for their crime and will be treated in such a manner as to provide maximum security without undue discomfort. While the Marion County Jail is operated under a “No Frills” concept, all inmates are treated in a humane and courteous manner without regard to personal prejudices and feelings. The primary goal of the Marion County Jail is to protect and maintain the peace and security of the community.
The primary responsibility of providing care, custody and control of between 1,400-1,800 inmates is provided by the Custody and Security Division which includes operating four (4) shifts on a 24 hour/7 day basis.
The Civil Division is comprised of the Civil Process and Bailiff Services. The Civil Process and Bailiff Services’ units, working from the Marion County Judicial Center, serve all civil process directed to the Sheriff within Marion County and provide security to the judiciary as well as maintain custody over inmates brought before the courts. Civil Deputies and Bailiffs are sworn law enforcement officers, who maintain their state law enforcement certifications the same as patrol deputies.