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The primary duty of the Escambia County Jail is to serve our community by providing a safe, secure facility where people are treated with dignity and respect and held accountable for their actions. 

The Escambia County Jail houses those charged and awaiting trial, those arrested on warrants, those serving sentences at the county jail, those placed on holds by Parole and Probation, those sentenced to and awaiting beds in the state prison system or Community Corrections, those sentenced by municipal courts in our county, and those placed here on holds for other agencies.

The Escambia County Jail can house subjects accused of all levels of charges.  The jail staff is responsible for securely holding all of these individuals and providing a safe environment.

Pre-trial confinement is not for punishment purposes.  It is merely to assure that the arrestee appears in court.

Sentenced inmates, on the other hand, are here as punishment for their offenses.  The deputies and civilian staff are responsible for making productive use of the inmates' time while not inflicting further punishment upon them.