The Wilson County Jail is a 462 bed facility built in 1989, with a new addition added in 2007. The Sheriff has the huge responsibility of maintaining the Jail to keep certification. Since 1984, the Wilson County Jail has been State Certified. The facility houses maximum, medium, and minimum security prisoners. The facility also has special needs, medical, and detoxification cells. The Wilson County Jail is staffed with sworn correction officers, 24 hour staffed medical department with LPNs, and dietary planners. The Jail is equipped with a secured sally-port for loading and unloading prisoners. The security of the Jail is maintained by a central control tower in the center of the complex, which is monitored 24 hours a day. The facility offers Commissary, AA meetings, Church Services, and Bible Study weekly.
A detachment of the Wilson County Jail is the Wilson County Workhouse Commission. The Sheriff is the superintendent of the Workhouse. The department receives a State Litter Control Grant grant each year. The department has two work crews that work up to 16 inmates daily. Some of the projects of the Workhouse include trash pickup on county roads and boat ramps; maintenance and trash pickup at the Agricultural Center; other projects for local civic non-profit organizations; and the inmate garden.
The State of Tennessee has recognized this Work House program as one of the best for its size in Tennessee.