Chautauqua County Jail is under the direct supervision of the Sheriff.
Its day to day operations are guided by Captain James Crowell.
Captain Johnson has retired and we are working on updating this page.
Captain Johnson was promoted to Warden of
the jail in July of 2006 after working his way up through the ranks of
the county jail. Captain Johnson began his career as a Correction
Officer in 1981 and was promoted to Correction’s Sergeant in 1995. He
became a Correction’s Lieutenant/Jail Supervisor in the fall of 2005.
Over the past decade Captain Johnson also supervised all training
activities for the jail, including the Correction’s Basic Academy, Field
Training Operations, and annual In-service Training. He is a graduate of
Southwestern Central High School, Jamestown Community College, and
Fredonia State College. In addition to his duties at the jail, he is an
Adjunct Professor at Jamestown Community College (Introduction to
Corrections) and a volunteer assistant varsity football coach at
Southwestern Central High School.
The staff assigned to corrections are specifically trained
professionals who must guard some of society's most "unwanted" or
"undesirable". Correction Officers often deal with extremely violent
individuals. Inmates who are mentally ill, drug addicts, suicidal
individuals, inmates with tuberculosis, inmates who are HIV Positive or suffering
from immune deficiency syndrome and a host of other dangerous and
potentially life threatening illnesses. The Corrections Staff faces an
ever growing population. Correction Officers work unarmed inside the
Jail for obvious reasons and must have excellent Interpersonal
Communication skills. Correction Officers are trained in
Defensive Tactics and their proper application, first aid, and many
other skills to provide a safe and civil environment for themselves and
the inmates that are housed within the jail. Correction Officers
work 365 days a
year, around the clock, including weekends and holidays.
Approximately 75% of
the inmates housed in the Chautauqua County Jail are awaiting trial. The
maximum length of a sentence an Inmate can serve in the Chautauqua
County Jail is two years. The average sentence length is currently 6
months. The crimes for which local Inmates are held on range
from minor violations of Local Laws to Homicide. Inmates who have no
history of violence and are sentenced for minor offenses may qualify to
be a "trustee". Trustees are given additional privileges and are allowed
to work, doing a variety of jobs. In addition to work details within the
jail, Inmates under direct supervision of Correction Officers paint and
clean local fire departments, mow and rake community cemeteries, and
various other community related clean up tasks.
Captain Patrick Johnson
Send Email to Warden Crowell
the Chautauqua County Jail