The suspected gunman who fatally targeted a bible study session at a Charleston, South Carolina, church was remanded to a local jail Thursday night after he waived his extradition rights following his arrest and arraignment in Shelby, North Carolina earlier in the day. Dylann Storm Roof was formally charged with just one count of murder, but additional charges were expected to be filed.
Roof, who formerly shared a home with a roommate in the town of Eastover, will now have to get used to living life -- however temporary it may be -- inside the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center while he awaits trial. Before that, though, he will be scheduled for a preliminary hearing that will precede a grand jury hearing his case. Roof’s entire case could last anywhere from six months to multiple years, depending on whether he pleads guilty or if prosecutors opt to pursue the death penalty.
The jail, which is located on a campus about an hour and a half drive away from where Roof used to call home, has more than 1,000 inmates, most of which are male, according to its website. If Roof has any dreams of staging a breakout, he may want to think again. The facility features at least 700 surveillance cameras and a security team that has been trained by an elite group of corrections officers.
The Virginia-based U.S. Corrections Special Operations Group (US C-SOG) visited the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center as recently as last month and conducted “unorthodox” training sessions that are widely considered to be the “gold standard in the corrections special operations community,” the local ABC News affiliate WCSG reported.
"[The] program is very unorthodox,” Captain Joseph Garcia, Senior Team Leader with US C-SOG, told WCSG. “It's 21st century. Since 2008 they've been leading the way and a lot of agencies have come here to study tactics in the progressive tactics that they provide here."
The jail stays busy, too, as evidenced by its most recent statistics that were available, showing that in 2012 its population averaged 1,451 inmates and booked a total of 29,446 inmates that same year.
The following year, the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center was accredited and recognized for its “professional level of operation,” according to a press release, highlighting the facility’s high standards in a host of areas, including services, programs, health care and, of course, security.