The Jail Crimes Unit responds to and investigates crimes committed inside the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Jail System, Maricopa County Court Facilities, and the Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Centers. Investigations include, but are not limited to, deaths, assaults, aggravated assaults, sexual assaults, escapes, promoting prison contraband, and destruction of jail property.

A Jail Crimes Investigator’s specific duties consist of: conducting interviews of victims and witnesses; investigating leads and suspects; collecting and documenting evidence at crime scenes; attending autopsies; directing the activities of other investigative personnel at crime scenes; preparing cases for submission to prosecuting authorities; writing reports and maintaining statistical records; testifying before Grand Juries, Justice Courts, and Superior Courts.

Jail Crimes by the Numbers: 2015: 4350 2012: 1056
2014: 2796 2011: 1023
2013: 1296