The South Central Regional Jail is
located in the Capitol City of Charleston, West Virginia, and is
one of ten regional
jails that will be operating in our state.
This facility was opened in 1993 and its podular design
consists of three upgraded pods which house approximately 350
inmates with a maximum capacity of 372.
The South Central Region is comprised of Kanawha and
Jackson Counties; however, until the Western Regional Jail is
completed, inmates from Lincoln and Putnam Counties are also
housed at the South Central Regional Jail.
Of course, the jail
also houses city, state, and federal inmates.
The facility contains a modern computerized Booking Department;
the state’s only Forensic Evaluation Unit; a closed-circuit
video communication system known as the “Courtroom of the
Future” which allows various hearings to be held without
offenders ever leaving the facility; a gymnasium; a medical unit
manned around the clock; a full-time teacher; a counseling
staff; a professional training staff and training facility; and
much more. The
facility is staffed by 82 uniformed correctional officers and
approximately thirty non-uniformed staff members.
The uniformed staff is well disciplined and maintains a
military-style rank structure headed by an Administrator,
a Chief Correctional Officer, and a 1st Sergeant.
Located in the mid-southern portion of the state, Charleston, as
the Capitol City, is culturally diversified.
There are many historical landmarks located within this
facility's area of operations including the West Virginia State
Capitol, The Culture and History Archives and Museum, and the
Kanawha State Forest. Home
to several public and private colleges and universities, the
state's largest city offers an array of opportunities for those
in pursuit of higher education.
Charleston also has a variety of entertainment for both
the culturally refined and the avid sportsman.
Beautifully nestled in the confluence of the Kanawha and
Elk Rivers, Charleston offers a variety of water sports,
including boating, skiing and fishing.
The newly constructed Haddad Riverfront Park serves as a
focal point for the city’s annual Labor Day celebration known
as the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta.
Just around the block, visitors will find the Charleston
Civic Center, the state's largest concert hall, which attracts a
variety of artists from all aspects of the entertainment world.
Providing an atmosphere for the traditional American family,
Charleston offers several large outdoor parks, including Little
Creek, Coonskin, Waterways, Daniel Boone, and Rock Lake.
Within ten minutes of this facility is the area's fastest
growing business community offering a wide variety of shopping
malls, restaurants, theaters and accommodations.
Prominently situated in Charleston's mountain
“skyline” is both Yeager Airport, by far the state's
largest, and the home base of the West Virginia Air National
Guard and Army Reserves.