Jail Administrator Tommie Lovin is responsible for the Detention Center and has been with Monroe County Sheriff's Office since 1988. Duties include supervising seven dispatchers and jailers.
The Monroe County Detention Center is located at 200 South Main Street in Clarendon.
The building of the current facility started in 1987 and was finished in 1988. The "Old Jail", as we like to call it, is located behind the current jail. In July of 1988 the inmates being housed in the "Old Jail" were moved to the new facility when the businesses across from it burned and smoke was getting in the jail.
The Detention Center houses Adult male and female inmates. It is a long term facility with a capacity of 40 inmates. All persons who are arrested and taken into custodyy are transported to the Detention Center for booking and incarceration. The Detention Center holds pre-trail detainees and post-conviction inmates who are serving sentences or awaiting transport to Arkansas Department of Correction.
The inmates are not allowed to smoke. The facility has a full time kitchen where three adequate meals a day are prepared by Ms. Edna Smith who has been with the Detention Center 11 years. In additon, the Kitchen is used by the "Act 309" inmates , who are state prisoners assigned to do work at Dentention Centers and they prepare the meals on week-ends.
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm
Each inmate is allowed a twenty (20) minute visit. They are allowed five (5) visitors per visitation list. Lists are only changed once a month.
Each visitor is required to show valid picture ID.
Inmates are allowed to receive money to go towards their commissary fund. All monies are to be in the form of a money order.
The Monroe County Detention Center is also the dispatch/911 center. It handles all radio traffic for the Sheriff's Office, Clarendon Police and Fire Department, Holly Grove Police and Fire Department, Maddox Bay and Roe Fire Department. It also assists with radio traffic for the Arkansas State Police, Game & Fish, Arkansas Highway Patrol and the 1st Judicial Drug Task Force.