Elkhart County Sheriff's Department



Limited deputies make sure prisoners housed in Elkhart County are treated respectfully; get to court on time for appearances and get to see loved ones and counsel during visits. Inmates are fed three meals a day, offered classes to help better their future and reduce recidivism, and given the opportunity to check out books at the jail library. Jail staff also have the following responsibilities:

  • Custody
  • Medical Care of Inmates
  • Food Service
  • Programming
  • Chaplaincy
  • Volunteers
  • Court Security
  • Transportation
  • DOC Liaison - holding
  • US Marshal’s holding
  • Classification
  • ESU Members
  • Training
  • Commissary
  • ECSAP (Elkhart County Sheriff’s Alternative Program)
  • Library
  • Grant Writing



Corrections Capt. John Perry
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Captain John Perry has been contributing to the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department since 1980. He started as an explorer in the Explorers' Program in 1980. He was hired as a part-time work crew supervisor in 1983 and a full-time jail officer in 1984 and Jail Sergeant in 1985. Capt. Perry has served as a patrol officer, beginning in 1987; a Patrol Corporal, in 1988, and later became a Patrol Sergeant in 1995. He served as Jail Captain from 1995 to 2000, transferring to the position of Patrol Captain until 2003. He has also served as a detective  for seven years and as Jail Warden prior to his current assignment as Jail Commander.