Carroll County Government




Carroll County Government












Jail History

Carroll County's first jail was constructed in 1837, and operated until 1968, when a new thirty-six bed facility was built adjacent to the old jail. In 1985, an addition to that jail was built increasing the inmate housing capacity to 125.

In August 1999, the Sheriff appointed Mr. George R. Hardinger as the Warden and in November of that year, a second addition was completed, which increased the inmate housing population to 185. The expansion provided for a fifty-bed Work Release and Trustee housing unit, eight maximum security cells and sixteen general population cells. The total square footage of the facility is 24,780 square feet.

Staffing for the Detention Center consists of ninety-two (92) Correctional Officers and fifteen (15) civilian employees. In addition to the daily operation of the facility, the Detention Center manages an Inmate Work Release Program, a Pretrial Services program, an Inmate Addiction Program, a GED Program and a variety of other inmate services and programs. In 2001, the multi-purpose recreation area was converted to a temporary housing unit having twenty-two beds.

The Warden is responsible for the daily operation of the Detention Center. All Detention Center employees report to the Warden via the chain of command, who, in turn, is responsible to the elected Sheriff, who has responsibility for the Detention Center and its operation.


Carroll County Sheriff's Office • 100 North Court Street • Westminster, Maryland 21157
410.386.2900 or 1.888.302.8924

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is committed to recruiting initiatives that reflect a fair and impartial representation of minority groups and females among its employees and applicants in approximate proportion to the minority composition of the Carroll County community.