Washington County is responsible for many factors in the administration of justice and law enforcement with respect to citizens in the county, including those within the corporate limits of Johnson City and Jonesborough. For instance, all male prisoners, including those arrested inside Johnson City or Jonesborough, are held at the Washington County Detention Center. Criminal cases are tried in Washington County Sessions or Criminal Court, both of which are administered by the county.
Most of these activities are centered at the recently opened George Jaynes Justice Center, or the adjacent Washington County Detention Center. Click on any of the accompanying sections for more information on the courts, sheriff's department and related offices.