History of the Jail
The mid 1980’s saw a rise in local jail populations and
the jurisdictions of Richmond County, Westmoreland County,
and the Town of Warsaw were no exception. These
localities recognized the need for increased housing
capacity but increasing capacity of two separate jails
was not fiscally feasible. Discussions between the entities
began that resulted in the pooling of resources to construct
a regional facility to serve the jurisdictions concerned.
In 1993, after several years of meetings, drawing of
plans, surveys, etc., a site was purchased in Richmond
County and construction on the regional facility began.
The construction took about 2 years and in July 1995
the jail opened its doors for business. The jail encompasses
several different correctional designs for incarceration
such as dormitory, direct supervision, and podular remote.
The jail began operations with a staff of 42 and an
inmate capacity of198. A federal contract to house prisoners
was secured and in 1996 an addition was added to the
jail that increased personnel compliment to 74 and inmate
capacity to 268.
In the year 2000 Northumberland County became a member of the Regional Jail
and a third expansion was completed. Staffing level was increased and we now have a compliment of 100 employees
and inmate capacity has risen to 460.