The Jail Staff is responsible for booking and processing all persons arrested by city police personnel, as well as some county inmates awaiting a court hearing. The Jail Staff is responsible for the safety and welfare of those incarcerated, as well as fingerprinting and photographing persons for applications for employment, special permits, visas, and passports. The Kingsport City Jail is a state certified holding facility. During 2011, the Jail Staff processed 3,147 persons for 5,291 charges. The number of prisoners processed decreased 6.34%, as well as the number of charges placed, decreased 10.08% in 2011. They submitted 3,150 fingerprint cards to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for processing via the Automated Fingerprint Identification System in 2011 with an error rejection rate of .02%, well under the 18% error rate allowed by law. This is an average of ten months due to there being an electronic error in the messaging service in the months of April and May of 2011.