Correctional Technician

Fairfax, Virginia
$37,582.48 - $62,638.16 Annually
Jan 14, 2023
Jan 28, 2023
Specialty Trades
Full Time
Job Announcement

This opening is for a night shift position. The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Correctional Technician within the Adult Detention Center. The correctional technician performs a variety of support activities within the Adult Detention Center including coordination of inmate property, assistance with inmate clothing (both personal and jail issued), the search and distribution of inmate mail, assistance with inmate visitation, restocking of supplies, and responding to citizen inquiries regarding inmate property.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Is assigned by a Deputy Sheriff II as needed to workstations in the Property Section, Laundry, Mail Room, Commissary, and Financial Section;
  • Participates in a cross-training program to become qualified to perform the duties in each functional area;
  • Follows prescribed procedures to safeguard property and facilities and to protect against inmate escapes;
  • Assists Deputy Sheriffs during the booking process by inventorying inmate property on the appropriate form, ensuring that the inmate receives a copy;
  • Places all confiscated inmate property in a bag marked with the inmate's full name and Adult Detention Center (ADC) number;
  • Takes possession of, inventories all controlled items, and stores them in a separate place;
  • Assists in the processing of inmates during the transition from the booking desk to actual admittance into the general population of the ADC;
  • Ensures that new inmates take showers and are issued the items listed in the Inmate Handbook;
  • Assigns each inmate a bin number for storage of his/her property;
  • Assists in the receiving of property during inmate visiting hours, ensuring that all property received is authorized by the Inmate Handbook and issuing receipts for all property accepted;
  • Records all property accepted on the Inmate Property Card, and searches items prior to giving them to the inmate;
  • Assists in the process of having inmates change clothing prior to going to and after returning from Circuit Court and Federal Court;
  • Ensures that inmates to be released at midnight have changed into street clothing prior to being transported to the booking desk;
  • Verifies identification of any individual designated to receive inmate property;
  • Ensures that all inmate property is stored when an inmate is placed on Disciplinary Segregation;
  • Ensures that new razors are marked and placed in the proper area for shaving;
  • Distributes inmate shaving materials to post deputies and, after use, retrieves and discards used shaving materials;
  • Assists in the investigation of missing inmate property;
  • Oversees inmate workers in the laundry;
  • Assists in removing extra clothing and bedding from the cellblocks;
  • Assists in the investigation of inmate complaints regarding laundry issues;
  • Reports all laundry equipment maintenance needs to the proper contractors;
  • Maintains a sufficient stock of supplies within the laundry and orders supplies when needed;
  • Maintains sanitary conditions within the laundry;
  • Maintains required reports and statistics regarding laundry operations;
  • Separates inmate mail from staff mail;
  • Uses computer location files to sort and label inmate mail for accurate distribution;
  • Stamps "return to sender" on mail for inmates no longer in the ADC;
  • Opens and searches inmate mail, taking appropriate action should the mail contain contraband or money;
  • Collects and writes receipts for money from inmates upon their initial booking into the Adult Detention Center;
  • Releases funds to inmates upon their release from custody;
  • Processes money orders left for inmates by visitors;
  • Processes money orders received by mail;
  • Processes inmate requests for release of funds to others (family, friends, bondsmen, etc.);
  • Charges inmate accounts for medical visits and commissary orders;
  • Processes inmate accounts for "hold funds" when needed;
  • Processes requests for authorized charges against inmate accounts;
  • Distributes blank commissary order forms to inmates and collects completed forms;
  • Conducts monthly inventory counts of commissary goods;
  • Bags commissary orders;
  • Delivers commissary orders to inmates and verify these orders with the inmates;
  • Receives shipments and restocks inventory;
  • Assists in the placing of orders with suppliers.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Skill in the use of office machines and a personal computer, including word processing and spreadsheet software;
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare written reports;
  • Ability to perform basic arithmetic;
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers and supervisors;
  • Ability to oversee inmates working in the Laundry;
  • Ability to work in areas that are usually hot, humid, and noisy.

Employment Standards


Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to:

Graduation from high school or a GED issued by a state department of education; plus, two years of work experience.

Experience with Microsoft office.



The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, credit check and polygraph exam to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.


Ability to maintain records and prepare written reports; ability to perform basic arithmetic; ability to follow written and oral instructions; and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home ( Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others ) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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