Captain Michelle Tippie leads our team of correctional professionals and oversees all aspects of our 106 bed facility, focusing on public, staff and inmate safety. Some of her responsibilities include ensuring the secured detention of pre-trial detainees as well as convicted inmates who are serving their sentence or awaiting transport to another facility. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office not only houses our own prisoners, but also those arrested by city police departments within Cherokee County, state agencies, other contract counties in Kansas and the Kansas Department of Corrections.
In addition, Captain Tippie is responsible for scheduling and arranging inmate extraditions, processing warrants, bonds and commissary, assessing inmates for security risks, ensuring legitimate medical needs are addressed and overseeing our inmate work detail program.
Work Detail inmates are responsible for a wide variety of tasks within the Sheriff's Office, some of which include: assisting in preparing and serving inmate meals, janitorial services, laundry, maintenance, painting, mowing grass, emergency vehicle cleaning and other work deemed appropriate. A Corrections Officer oversees the work detail at all times. All inmates, regardless of whether they are assigned to work detail or not, are responsible for the daily cleaning of cells and prisoner pods.
Upon reporting for duty, correctional officers are given their shift assignment, which may include the Booking Officer Post or serving as the Control Panel Operator.
Booking Officer: This officer is responsible for the receiving and intake process for all incoming prisoners and out-processing those prisoners being released from custody. This includes computer book-in, photographing, searching, change-out, fingerprinting and placing inmates. This officer also handles incoming and outgoing inmate correspondence and has direct contact with inmates in the general housing areas.
Control Panel Operator: This officer is responsible for all incoming telephone calls to the jail, and electronically controls all entrance and exit points to the facility, monitors all security video surveillance systems, operates the intercom system, observes inmates in the housing areas, communicates with the inmates and staff via intercom, updates inmate rosters and processes all completed book-in files.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
PREA a federal law enacted in 2003, was created to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office supports the prevention, reduction, and elimination of sexual assault and rape within its Jail Facility. This is done through education, interaction, and enforcement to reduce the possibility of dangerous and harmful behaviors.
Links to PREA Resources
Inmate Visitation: Visitation is held on Saturdays 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00pm to 10:00 pm; and on Sundays from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Visitations are approved and scheduled by appointment only. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling (620) 429-3897 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Funding an Inmates Account
Adding Money to an Inmates Account can now be done online or by phone 24 hours / 7 days a week:
Money can also be added to an Inmate Account using the Kiosk located in the Entry of the Sheriff's Office.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Homeland Security Investigations
Victim Notification Program
The link listed below is a universal resource locator for the Homeland Security Investigations Victim Notification Program. A victim or witness can simply click on the hyperlink and be transferred to a number of valuable victim services programs provided by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
What To Do If you wish to Bond a Person from the Cherokee County Jail
Inquire the suspect’s charges and bond amount form the Cherokee County Correctional Staff.
Determine if you wish to pay a cash bond or utilize the services of an authorized bonding agent.
Notify the correctional staff at 620-429-3897 of your decision.
If you choose to utilize a bonding agent, the 11th Judicial District must approve him or her.
The 11th Judicial District of Kansas has approved the following bonding agents:
New Web Based Inmate Video Visitation
Visitation from Home
Inmates are allowed up to 30 minutes per visit. These visits are conducted via the Internet from video stations located in prisoner housing units, and from PCs at home.
Register to Visit via the Internet
Log on to the website using www.inmatecanteen.com Follow the registration procedure
If a Video Visitor is:
- Acting in an inappropriate manner
- Not properly dressed
If during the Video Visit, the Inmate becomes:
- Acts in an inappropriate manner
The visit will be stopped by staff and future visitation privileges may be revoked
ALL VISITS MAY BE RECORDED
Inmate Phone System
Inmates are allowed to place phone calls from the facility from 09:00 - 21:00 hours, 7 days a week. They are allowed to set up a phone account using their Inmate Account to place direct calls or may call collect.
The Inmate Phone System is provided by City Tele Coin. Family and Friend can Call the Customer Service Center at (800) 682-0707 or (318) 746-1114. to find information or set up an account.
Between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office received one report of sexual abuse or sexual harassment. The incident was reported to a CO/Front line staff member. A female inmate alleged another female inmate, who was housed with her, was making inappropriate sexual comments towards her. The alleged incident was reported to have occurred in area which is regularly monitored by staff. The investigation resulted in an unsubstantiated finding. The female inmate who reported the allegations was transferred to an alternative housing location. No further reports or complaints were made.
This incident and data from the 2017 reporting period is similar to that of 2016.
During both years, a single case involving females housed together making inappropriate sexual comments and behaviors towards another female inmate, was reported and investigated. The cases both yielded findings of being unsubstantiated and resulted in those involved being housed in alternative locations.
The Cherokee County Sheriffs Office documents and investigates all reported occurrences of nonconsensual sex acts, whether alleged to have been completed or attempted, as well as any allegations of abusive sexual contact and sexual harassment, whether solely involving inmates or involving inmates and staff members.
There were no reports of sexual misconduct or harassment involving staff members during the 2018 reporting period.
During the period of January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, there were two allegations made, both of which solely involved inmates. At the conclusion of the investigations, one was determined to be unfounded while the other was unsubstantiated.
Both allegations involved male inmates in an area regularly monitored by staff and in both instances, parties reportedly involved were relocated.
The Cherokee County Sheriffs Office continues to maintain, review and collect data as needed from all available incident- based documents, including reports, investigation files, and sexual abuse incident reviews. Upon request, the agency will continue to make its best efforts and provide all such data from the previous year to the Department of Justice no later than June 30.
The Cherokee County Sheriffs Office will make its best efforts to continue to review the data collected and aggregated pursuant to PREA standard 115.87 in order to assess and improve the effectiveness of its sexual abuse prevention, detection, and response policies, practices, and training and take into account any corrective action necessary.