The Summit County Sheriff is responsible for the administration and operations of the County’s Jail. The County Jail, located at 205 East Crosier Street in Akron, opened on August 1990, with a new addition opening in May 1995. The current capacity is 671 inmates.
The Corrections Commander is in charge of the day-to-day functions of the Jail, with the assistance of the Director of Administration, an Administrative Lieutenant, and a team of Sergeants present during each shift.
The Summit County Jail is classified by the State of Ohio as a full service detention center. That means it is operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It was the first large county jail in the state to operate using "direct supervision" management. In this setting, deputies work inside inmate housing areas to maintain order and control, and units are designed to provide optimum visibility by deputies. The Jail uses state of the art security, surveillance, and processing equipment, including over 100 closed circuit cameras, computerized door controls and alarm systems, video imaging for mug shots, electronic fingerprinting, and more. Jail staff offer a number of services for inmates, including video visitation, commissary, medical, dental, and mental health care, religious ministry, addiction and recovery assistance, educational programming, physical fitness, voter registration, and more.
The facility uses an objective inmate classification system. Inmates are classified at the time of booking according to the severity of their current crime and their criminal history. They are then housed according to this classification. Also taken into consideration are past behavior, medical and mental health, and other special needs. During their stay in the facility, inmate behavior is monitored and inmates will be reclassified as necessary.