As Jail Administrator, Captain Buchanan is responsible for daily Jail Operations, includng Inmate intake, housing, booking, centralized jail control, food services, medical service povision and jail personnel management.
The jail's function is to receive, and process people that are taken into custody by various law enforcement agencies within Lamar County. Once a person has been turned over to the jail, they are either given an opportunity to post a bond and be released pending a court hearing or held until the courts dispose of their case. Once a person is convicted and sentenced to either county time or state time, they are held until their sentence is served in accordance to law or transferred into a state facility. The jail has a staff of 21 sworn jailers. The jail was built in 1992 and has a total bed capacity of 152 beds. Male inmates that are serving a county or city sentence are used in various departments within the county and city to do community service saving the taxpayers hundreds of dollars.