Jail Deputies monitor and provide direct services to the adult in custody population. They complete bookings, screen for medical and/or mental health issues, inventory and secure adult in custody property, monitor behavior, determine release eligibility, and complete release documents. Under the guidance of our jail nurse, they also administer medications and carry out Adult in Custody (AIC) medical orders.
Our division is also responsible for the safe and secure transport of AICs to our contract rental beds in other counties and for the security of our historic Benton County Courthouse.
The Benton County Jail is located next to the historic Benton County Courthouse in downtown Corvallis. It was built in 1976 and is approximately 8,000 square feet in size.
Originally designed to house 27 adults in custody, it has been remodeled over the years to increase capacity to 40 beds. However, we cannot actually fit 40 inmates into the Jail because not all AICs can be housed together. By statute, men and women are to be housed separately, AICs are to be segregated due to the nature of their crime, and those with mental or behavioral issues are also to be separated. As a result, the Jail is “at capacity” when we are housing an average of 28 to 34 inmates.
Over the years, the Sheriff’s Office has creatively managed jail capacity. We do that by renting jail beds in other facilities, releasing AICs early, and closing the jail to new arrestees. In addition, individuals would normally be held in the Benton County Jail might have to be released due to lack of bed space.