The Jail Division is managed by a classified captain and other classified supervisors. The majority of employees in the division are civilian jail attendants responsible for booking, housing, feeding, and processing all prisoners arrested by HPD and other local law enforcement entities.
Prisoner processing includes fingerprinting, photographing, electronic identification, and charge processing of all arrested offenders. In conjunction with the City Health Department, the division medically screens all prisoners upon their entry into the jail facility and provides continuing medical services during their incarceration. Approximately half of all prisoners are charged with county or district court charges and sent to the Harris County jail within the first 24 hours.
The City of Houston and Harris County are currently working to consolidate jail operations and will be launching a new, joint processing center in 2018. Once launched, HPD will cease operations of its jails entirely.