Justice Center Fully Staffed and Operational, Says Sheriff Rhodes

3/21/24

Sheriff David Rhodes provided an update to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Wednesday morning on the the Yavapai County Criminal Justice Center.He stated, “This is a big week – we can finally say that the Criminal Justice Center is fully operational and fully staffed.”

The construction of the Criminal Justice Center was prompted by a late 1990s Department of Justice investigation that determined the Camp Verde Detention Center was over capacity and suffering issues related to overcrowding. The situation was exacerbated by the closing of the old Gurley Street jail in Prescott due to outdated facility design. The new Detention Center in Prescott opened in July 2023 through a phased-in approach, with the center now housing inmates.

Sheriff Rhodes highlighted a few benefits of the new CJC, including a cost savings of $2 million a year in inmate transportation costs between Camp Verde jail and the Prescott Court and back. Officers from other agencies will no longer have to drive across the county to book inmates, allowing them to remain on the streets and not out of service due to hours of transit.