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Union County Detention Center

The jail administrator for the Union County Sheriff's Office is Captain Richard Mitcham. You can contact Capt. Mitcham by e-mail at r.mitcham@unioncountysheriff.net. The Assistant Jail Administrator is Lt. Steven Faulkner and may be contacted at sfaulkner@unioncountysheriff.net. The Jail Administrators oversee the day to day operations of the jail and ensure personnel quality control.

Additional staff include two shift lieutenants, four shift sergeants, two transportation sergeants, one booking sergeant, a maintenance officer, kitchen supervisor, nurse, and 16 officers. Detention personnel work a rotating 12 hour shift.

Environment
The Union County Detention Center is a smoke free, tobacco free facility. Any person entering the secure areas of the building may be subject to search at any time.

Detention Center
The Union County Detention Center is charged with safely and humanely detaining persons accused or convicted of crimes against the dignity of the State of Arkansas and the citizens of Union County. The Detention Center abides by state law and Arkansas Jail Standards in housing, feeding, and maintaining approximately 213 male and female detainees, year-round.

With only a few exceptions that are approved by the jail administrators, no items are permitted to be brought in to the detention center for detainees. All detainees are furnished with basic personal hygiene items weekly. Any other items that a detainee wishes to have must be purchased through the commissary. Commissary items are ordered and distributed once a week.

An account is maintained by detention center personnel for each detainee. Deposits to a detainee's account may be made either by a USPS money order (accepted through the mail only), by using the kiosk in the forward lobby of the Criminal Justice Facility, or online at http://www.tigerdeposit.com. We no longer accept deposits for detainee accounts at the front window. Please note that there is a small processing fee, charged by the commissary provider, for using either of the electronic deposit services.

Inmate Mail
Detainees at the Union County Detention Center may only receive 3x5 or 4x6 postcards as incoming mail. All postcards must be properly addressed and have a full return address on it as well. Restrictions for the postcards include: sexually explicit photographs, security threat group affiliations, and inciting literature. Letters made out to inmates will not be opened and will be returned to sender. Postcards should be addressed as follows:

Inmate's Name
Union County Sheriff's Office
250 American Rd
El Dorado, AR 71730

A full return address must also be included or it will not be delivered to the inmate:

First and Last Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code

If you wish to mail a money order to be placed on a detainee's commissary account, the money order should be made out to the inmate. However, the envelope should not have the inmate's name on it, or it may be interpreted as inmate mail and returned to sender without being opened. The envelopes should be addressed:

Union County Sheirff's Office
ATTN: Commissary Accounts
250 American Rd
El Dorado, AR 71730

The mail policy only affects incoming mail. Outgoing mail and legal mail will remain unaffected.

Visitation
Visitation is a privilege offered to all inmates. Visitation rules are available at the front window of the Sheriff's Office and are also posted here. Visitation times are on Saturday's for general population detainees and on Sunday's for Act 309 convicts. Visitation times are according to the detainee's housing area. It is the responsibility of the detainee to advise their visitors of the correct visitation time for his location.

Department of Correction inmates participating in the Act 309 Program will observe all pertinent rules and regulations from the DOC regarding visitation. All visitors for 309's must be approved by DOC staff according to policy before visiting.

Attorneys and Clergy
Attorneys may visit detainees at any reasonable time, but are encouraged to make prior arrangements for security reasons. Identification may be requested in the form of an Arkansas Bar Card and drivers license or other state identification. All attorney's will be required to sign in at the front lobby before visiting a detainee.

Clergy may visit detainees during business hours only. Pre-approved religious services may be held after hours at the discretion of the jail commander. All ministers will be required to sign in at the front window and present official credentials. All ministers must also sign a liability waiver form prior to entering the secure area of the building.

In the interest of security, ministers that are also family members of a detainee will not be allowed to see that detainee. Such visits should occur during regular visitation times.

Any person posing as an attorney or clergy in order to gain access to an inmate will be prosecuted.

Dispatch
Union County dispatchers are highly trained professionals in the field of emergency communications. Dispatchers answer all incoming emergency and after hour calls, dispatch law enforcement, fire, and EMS personnel to all calls in incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county, maintain security of the facility by video surveillance and controlled door and gate access, and maintain records using in-house, state, and national systems.
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