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La Salle County Jail is Cited by TCJS for 2 Alleged Minimum Jail Standards Violations

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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English: The Wagon Wheel Restaurant, abandoned, near the Nueces River, Cotulla, Texas was razed in 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Jail Inspection Report for La Salle County Jail in Cotulla, Texas, was completed on November 16, 2017, by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS). The jail was cited for two alleged minimum jail standards violations. Anytime a jail comes under scrutiny as a result of a custodial death or another event that raises concerns, the TCJS conducts an investigation. Documentation and videos are carefully reviewed, to determine whether records indicate that the jail staff has been following mandatory procedures. The purpose of jail standards is largely to protect the safety of prisoners, staff members, and visitors.

Based on studies and research, it has been determined that making face-to-face checks and ensuring that there is a sufficient amount of staff are two jail procedures that help to keep prisoners safe. These are both areas in which La Salle County Jail has been cited. More details follow:

  • Paperwork and video evidence was carefully reviewed, and it was determined that prisoners in holding or detox cells at La Salle County Jail allegedly had welfare checks that exceeded 30 minutes. In addition, documentation was not completed in compliance with minimum jail standards.
  • In Texas, each jail facility must have the appropriate number of jailers around the clock. Face-to-face observation of all prisoners must be made by jailers at least every 60 minutes. For at-risk prisoners, such as those who are mentally ill or potentially suicidal, observations must be made every 30 minutes at most. A review of paperwork showed that jail staff either failed to make the 60-minute checks as required or failed to document them as required.

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Red River County Jail is Cited by TCJS for 3 Alleged Jail Standards Violations

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) released a report on an inspection of Red River County Jail in Clarksville, Texas, on November 13, 2017. TCJS holds Texas jails accountable for failing to comply with minimum jail standards, which are designed to keep prisoners, staff members, and visitors safe.

The following is information about the three alleged violations of jail standards committed at Red River County Jail:

  • It is required that all safety equipment in a jail be maintained, tested, and inspected routinely by a qualified person who ensures that the equipment is at all times secure, safe, and fully operative. According to TCJS inspectors, the smoke detector in a particular female separation cell was not functioning properly. The cell was closed until a new smoke detector could be installed. The system worked as it was designed to in other parts of the jail.
  • Jail personnel are required to be trained for emergency situations immediately upon employment plus each quarter. The training is to include emergency, fire, evacuation drills, and the location and use of equipment. A review of jail documentation showed that several new jailers did not receiving this required training upon employment. In addition, several other jailers had not received the required training in the past quarter.
  • A system of tuberculosis screening of employees, volunteers, and prisoners is required in facilities with a capacity of 100 or more prisoners, and documentation showed that TB testing had not been done on new jailers recently hired.

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TCJS Cites Pecos County Jail in Fort Stockton, Texas, for 5 Alleged Jail Standards Violations

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

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Pecos County Jail in Fort Stockton, Texas, was inspected by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards earlier this year. On October 17, 2017, a Jail Inspection Report was released, and the Pecos jail was cited for five alleged violations. The primary purpose of the standards is to ensure the safety of prisoners, staff, and others who visit a jail. When a prisoner is harmed or suffers a custodial death due to a failure of staff to follow jail requirements, the county can be held responsible.

The following is information about some of the violations of jail standards that Pecos County Jail allegedly committed:

  • Observation logs of prisoners in detoxification or holding cells were reviewed, and it was found that jailers consistently exceeded the maximum 30-minute face-to-face observation times by 2 to 17 minutes.
  • Records indicated that jailers had not been receiving the required 3 hours of suicide prevention training every quarter.
  • A prisoner was exhibiting bizarre behavior, and the magistrate was not notified, as required.
  • Random samples of 60-minute observation logs of prisoners were reviewed, and it was allegedly determined that jailers consistently exceeded the 60-minute time frame by 9 to 17 minutes. The alleged failure of staff to conduct 30-minute observations occurred in areas were prisoners were known to be potentially suicidal, mentally ill, known to be violent, or who had behaved in a bizarre manner.

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Collingsworth County Jail in Wellington, Texas, Allegedly Fails to Meet 2 Minimum Jail Standards

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) recently concluded an inspection and Jail Inspection Report for Collingsworth County Jail in Wellington, Texas. The report was released on September 19, 2017, and revealed two alleged violations of minimum jail standards. On the day of the inspection, it was discovered that the last time there was a Fire Marshal inspection was allegedly on January 8, 2016.  This was well past the one-year mark and a direct violation of minimum jail standards, which require annual inspections by a local fire official. Inspectors also found that the last Health Inspection was allegedly conducted in February 2016, which was also well past the one-year mark. Minimum jail standards require that food preparation areas be inspected at least annually by health authorities.

It’s not difficult to see the importance of these types of requirements. If a fire were to break out or something was wrong with the food, inmates could be harmed. Being incarcerated should not subject individuals to unsafe environments.

When custodial deaths occur, investigations are done to determine whether there was any negligence on the part of jail staff that led to the fatality. One example is the jail suicide of Eugene Ethridge Jr. He died in November 2015, after hanging himself from a bed sheet in a jail cell in Fort Bend County, Texas. The family has sued Fort Bend County and some of its employees in connection with his death. They claim that the jail personnel failed to make cell checks at the required intervals. Failure to make routine checks on inmates is often associated with custodial deaths; and they always show the importance of maintaining jail standards, which are designed to keep inmates and staff members safe.

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