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Temporary Holding Facility Guidelines and Requirements, State of Ohio 2002

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Date Published
January 2002
15 pages
This document contains the guidelines and requirements of the Ohio Bureau of Adult Detention (BAD) for a temporary holding facility (THF).
A THF is a local facility that physically detains arrestees for a maximum of 6 hours for processing and/or awaiting transportation. The THF may be a jail cell or it may be an area that is designated for temporary holding purposes. The use of devices such as restraining chairs and cuffing rails or posts for temporary holding is discouraged. In January 1995, the BAD initiated a new jail classification that provides local jurisdictions with the flexibility to operate a THF rather than provide the traditional services required in most jail operations. This is offered as an option primarily to those currently operating 8 hour jails, although facilities that are presently designated as such are encouraged to apply. This process was developed to provide guidelines that are more consistent with short term holding operations. It enables THF officials to complete an annual self-audit process, rather than participate in the BAD annual inspection process. By March 31st of each year, the person responsible for the operation of a THF must submit to their local BAD jail inspector a letter of intent to operate a THF and limit holding time to 6 hours or less; a completed self-audit form; a completed data items form; a copy of the annual health inspection report; and a copy of the annual fire inspection report. If these requirements are not adhered to, the facility will be placed into the 8 hour jail classification. The regional jail inspector will then schedule an annual inspection of the facility. The written guidelines include reception and release, searches, touch separation of males from females, observation/supervision of arrestees, security, use of restraints, fire safety, and staff training on operational policies, procedures and/or post orders. A medical, dental, and mental health screening is completed on all arrestees to determine if there are any physical or mental disorders that require attention. Emergency care is provided as needed. Strip searches and body cavity searches are conducted in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code Section 2933.32. Instructions for completing a self-audit form are included.