Court Services Bureau
The Land O' Lakes Detention Center is the central booking and intake location for all law enforcement agencies operating in Pasco County. The care, custody and control of individuals arrested in Pasco County by the Sheriff's Office and various state and local police agencies is the responsibility of the Pasco Sheriff's Office Court Services Bureau.
Confined in the Land O' Lakes Detention Facilities are those individuals who have been arrested and held without bond, been unable to post bail set by the courts, are being transferred from other states or counties while awaiting trial in Pasco County, or those found guilty and sentenced to serve less than one year in county jail. This facility houses both sentenced and waiting-to-be sentenced males and females on misdemeanor and felony crimes. Juveniles between the ages of 14 and 17 who have be adjudicated as adults are also housed in the facility.
The Land O’ Lakes
Detention Facility is located at 20101 Central Boulevard in Land O' Lakes and
was dedicated on March 1, 1991. It
is a two-story, reinforced masonry facility and was originally comprised of
three inmate housing pods and a central administrative and support core. In
addition, there is a 55-bed medical/psychiatric unit and a new housing unit.
Each housing unit contains a total of 96 cells divided into six 16-cell units, each with a dayroom space. Each pod has one handicap cell, with one pod containing eight cells designated for higher risk inmates. All cells are equipped with double bunks. In August, 2009 a three-story addition was completed which includes 12 housing units, with a total inmate capacity of 768. The detention facility, including Sheriff's Office administrative sections, contains 345,992 square feet and has a rated capacity of 1,432 beds.
Each inmate housing unit is staffed by a deputy who is responsible for the control of the inmates, called direct supervision. This system helps to reduce the number of staff necessary to operate the facility and also reduces inmate violence and vandalism. It also enhances interaction between inmates and staff and reduces the frequent and costly movement of inmates by providing services in the housing areas.
The Court Services Bureau is commanded by Major Beckman who oversees the entire operation, which is divided into two divisions.
Administrative Support Division is commanded by Captain Ray Revell and is comprised of the following sections:
Operations Division is commanded by Captain Mike Ferrantelli and is comprised of the following sections:
The Land O' Lakes facility was granted its sixth reaccredidation in October 2010 by the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. This commission sets the highest standards for correction facilities across the nation. The Pasco County Detention Facility was evaluated on facility standards such as fire evacuation plans, safety procedures, medical and health requirements, security and control procedures, and firearm practices. Also evaluated were administrative and fiscal procedures, housing conditions, inmate programs, staff training and hiring practices, food service and facility building specifications.
Minimum Security Annex, Land O' Lakes Detention Center
The Minimum Security
Annex is a reduced-cost solution for Pasco County's ever-increasing inmate
population problem. The building is a tensioned-membrane structure that is
designed to withstand 110 mile per hour winds. It can house up to 104 inmates
who are either awaiting trial or serving minor sentences for non-violent,
misdemeanor crimes. The building is a state-of-the-art facility that has its own
showers, bathrooms and recreational area which are separate from the main
detention center structure. It can be disassembled and moved to a new site in
the future if needed. More than $18,000 worth of inmate labor was used in
the construction of peripheral elements of the MSA. The MSA facility has passed
a state-mandated review by Florida Model Jail Standards inspectors.