The facility was nationally recognized as an award winning design for impressive efficiency, safety standards, work environment and cost savings and received the 1996 AIA (American Institute of Architects) Kansas City Design Award of Merit and the 1997-1998 National AIA Architecture for Justice Design Citation. The facility was opened for detention operations in the summer of 2000.
Since its opening, the facility has provided a safe, humane, cost effective location to house arrested persons awaiting trial and//or ordered to serve sentences by the local municipal courts and the courts of the 10th Judicial District of Kansas.
The facility also is accredited through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and provides medical, mental health and dental care to the inmate population to meet community standards of care. These services are provided through contracts with private medical, dental, and mental health providers.