Support Services

The Corrections Support Services Division supports the functions of the entire Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Department of Corrections. This Division consists of:

  • Inmate Programs
  • Religious Services
  • Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Substance Abuse Services
  • Visitation
  • Alternative Custody
  • Work Release

Inmate Programs

The Inmate Programs section is responsible for the development and selection of programs for our inmate population while maintaining compliance with Florida State Statues, Florida Model Jail Standards and related standards from other accrediting organizations. Programs are designed to enhance the academic and personal development of the inmate population. A strong focus is placed on reentry services in efforts to prepare offenders to successfully transition back into society.

Religious Services

The Chaplain's Office coordinates all religious activity within the jails and ensures that inmates have access to ministers and spiritual advisors of their preference. Assisting this office is the Religious Advisory Committee; this committee is comprised of liaisons representing various faiths. This group works closely with the chaplain's office to ensure that each inmate receives requested spiritual support. The chaplain's office oversees religious volunteers and coordinates various religious services for the inmate population. Services include bible studies, church services, spiritual counseling, and the distribution of bibles and other literature to assist offenders in their spiritual growth.

Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Similar to law enforcement SWAT teams, the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a specially selected group of officers who are trained to handle various special tactical, transport and security situations that may arise inside the jail and on its perimeter. This team of specially trained deputies provides in-cell searches for prohibited items and contraband. The team also provides security for high profile and high risk inmates. One team member is also a certified canine handler with a drug-detecting dog that is used in jail shakedowns and emergency response situations.

Treatment Services

The Treatment Services staff is responsible for the development and delivery of substance abuse awareness and education services to include the "Another Way "drug education program. This program incorporates life skills instruction and strives to instill hope in the inmates that they can make positive changes in their life.


The visitation staff is responsible in accordance with all accreditation standards for the development and implementation of visitation programs at both of our correctional facilities. You can find registration and visitation scheduling information by clicking on the visitation link. This link will also provide you with important information about visitation rules and visitor requirements.

Alternative Custody

This section is responsible for the administration of the Work Release and the In-House Arrest programs.

The Work Release program allows sentenced inmates to integrate back into society on an incremental basis. Upon acceptance into the program, inmates are allowed to exit the facility for work or training activities but must return at a designated time for nightly housing.

This program is a cost-efficient means of monitoring inmates or offenders in their own homes with the added benefit of reducing bed usage within our facilities. In-House Arrest is accomplished through the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring, which allows constant satellite supervision. GPS technology allows us to know exactly where an inmate is located at all times. The sophistication of this technology permits us to establish exclusionary zones and when violated, we are immediately notified that he or she is in an unauthorized area. GPS supervision provides a cost effective means of offender control while maintaining a high degree of public safety.

Telephone Directory
Administration Switchboard (561) 688-4400
Division Commander - Captain Alfonso Starling (561) 688-4417
Administrative Lieutenant - Thomas Vassalotti (561) 688-4520
Inmate Programs - Section Manager Articia Futch (561) 688-4508
Chaplain's Office (Main Detention Center) - Chaplain Clarence Ellington (561) 688-4510
Chaplain's Office (West Detention Center) - Chaplain Seena Washington (561) 992-1254
Visitation - Sgt. Victoria Ragone (561) 688-4418
Video Visitation - Unit Manager Fred Wagoner (561) 242-5860
Alternative Custody - Sgt. Walter Lawrence (561) 688-4922
Substance Abuse Services - Unit Manager David Gillert (561) 992-1091
CERT - Sgt. Eliecer Ramos (561) 688-4558