Correctional Technician

Fairfax, Virginia
$37,582.48 - $62,638.16 Annually
Jun 10, 2023
Jun 24, 2023
Specialty Trades
Full Time
Job Announcement

Works within the inmate programs section of the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Performs a variety of support activities including overseeing and maintaining the law library, ordering supplies, and overseeing, the inmate workforce.

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 and 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 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.)
  • 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 working in corrections, or a law enforcement environment preferred.



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

Ability to maintain records and prepare written reports; ability to follow written and oral instructions; and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and 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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