Adams County Justice Center

After performing four studies over a 3-year period for the Adams County Commissioners that looked at all aspects of their criminal justice system, Elevatus was hired in 2014 to design a new jail for the county. The 180 bed facility will be located on a rural site just southwest of downtown Decatur, with excellent access to Highway 27.

The project consists of all the functions required for jail operations, including Sheriff’s administration, video visitation, intake, food service and laundry, medical, and housing. The two tier housing area is subdivided into 8 units to give maximum flexibility for classification, and includes two dormitories, one unit of four man cells, and five units of two man cells. The eight dayrooms and two recreation spaces encompass a central raised control room with excellent sight of all spaces. Rear chases are provided for ease of maintenance and optimum security. State-of-the art security electronics will greatly assist the officers in day-to-day operations.
Lines of sight were strongly considered during the design process, resulting in a highly effective and secure layout. The plan is laid out for ease of expansion for all departments.

The facility also houses a Work Release Program operated by the Sheriff, consisting of a 16 bed male unit and an 8 bed female unit. Work Release functions are separate from the secure jail side. The administration area includes the County dispatch, emergency management, and an emergency operations center.