All persons who are arrested and taken into custody are transported to the Tate County Jail for booking and incarceration. The jail is divided into separate housing areas for male and female inmates, as well as isolation and temporary holding cells. The jail houses pre-trial detainees and post-conviction inmates who are awaiting transfer to the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The jail has two full-time nurses and a part-time physician who are deputized. In addition there is a full kitchen where all meals are prepared for the inmates. The kitchen is staffed with state prisoners who are assigned to work duties in local jails. There are 22 full-time jail officers responsible for the safety and security of the facility. Each officer is required to be certified by the state to perform their duties. In addition to state mandated training the Tate County Sheriff's Office training officer conducts training with the staff.
The jail also has an inmate work program building to house state prisoners who are assigned as part of the Joint State/County Work Program. These inmates perform jobs such as building maintenance, grass cutting, construction projects, trash pickup and other duties which save the county tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. These inmates are non-violent offenders classified and approved by MDOC to work as needed. Sex offenders are prohibited from this program.
Tony Rowley, Jail Administrator
Brian Sharp, Asst. Jail Administrator
Pam Howell, Administrative Assistant - Jail
Tanika Baker, Nurse
Curtis Pennington, Chaplain