The Adult Detention Center in Olathe originally opened in August of 1988 as a state of the art facility utilizing the then new Direct Supervision method of inmate management by placing deputies inside the housing units having direct interaction with the inmates. Following the Principles of Direct Supervision, this method has become the norm in detention facilities throughout the country successfully reducing vandalism, assaults, and other crimes from within the facilities.
In July of 2000, the Adult Detention Center at New Century opened to accommodate the need for additional jail beds within the county. The new facility, also Direct Supervision, was nationally recognized as an award winning design for impressive efficiency, safety standards, work environment and cost savings. The design received the 1996 American Institute of Architects (AIA), Kansas City Design Award of Merit and the 1997-1998 National AIA Architecture for Justice Design Citation.