Posts Tagged ‘ Texas Commission on Jail Standards ’

Letter from Lawmakers Asks for Crack Down on Houston Jail

Nov 4th, 2011 | By
Letter from Lawmakers Asks for Crack Down on Houston Jail

Houston Sheriff Garcia and other Harris County officials showed up at the quarterly meeting of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards in early November to ask for more than 700 variance beds– beds that allow them to keep more inmates because of special needs and circumstances. Problem is, this situation has been going on for years. Tina Tran, chief of staff for Senator Rodney Ellis, read a letter from the Senator and Representative Garnet Coleman. Read that letter and another from the renowned criminal justice expert Michele Deitch explore the issue of the state granting variances to the Harris County Jail. More importantly, both letters demanded that the Jail Commission stop the practice now. But on Thursday, TCJS commissioners voted to once more grant those beds to Harris County for another 6 months. Read the letters below.



Tom Green County Jail Passes Inspection

Oct 23rd, 2011 | By

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Tom Green County Sheriff Joe Hunt and members of the county jail shared with Tom Green County commissioners Tuesday the kudos they received after passing an unannounced jail inspection last week. The inspector with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards went to the jail March 22 through March 24. Hunt said he prefers



Dallas Jail Still Shackling Women in Labor?

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
Dallas Jail Still Shackling Women in Labor?

Some Texas jails, including in Dallas County, are still shackling pregnant inmates during labor and delivery, a violation of a state law that passed last year, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and an inmate advocacy group charged Thursday.



Hays County Squalor

Oct 3rd, 2011 | By
Hays County Squalor

Days after Sheriff Gary Cutler took office last November, his chief deputy said he found the jail in a “state of squalor” so bad that inmates in one cell block had taken to wearing bandanas over their mouths to ward off an infestation of tiny flies. Vines overgrew fences and outdoor lights didn’t work. Maggots



Hockley Jail Fails Inspection In Many Ways

Aug 3rd, 2010 | By

The Hockley County Jail did not meet state jail standards, according to an annual inspection report conducted last month.The Texas Commission on Jail Standards inspected the jail July 13 and 14 and found six areas of non-compliance.



Terry County Jail Breaks Rules

Jul 23rd, 2010 | By

July 22, 2010 Lubbock Online BROWNFIELD – The Terry County Jail failed to pass state standards in a recent jail inspection. According to Texas Commission on Jail Standards documents, the jail was non-compliant with multiple minimum jail standards. In an unannounced annual inspection July 15-16, the comission found deficiencies in: emergency training, inspection by a



Bexar County Jail Overcrowded

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

http://www.sacurrent.com/blog/queblog.asp?perm=70184 Greg Harman, March 1st, 2010 If you’ve got a naturally sunny disposition (despite the long shadow of those prison bars falling on your shoulders), chances are you’ve got more room to roam on the inside of Bexar County Jail these days. You may even be tempted to crack open a $3.59 can of “no



Jail Commission Reports on Complaints from 2009

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

By Melinda Hieber, Complaints Investigator, in the newsletter of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. (Be aware that the article is aimed at jail administrators and sheriffs, not the general public.) Fiscal year 2010 is coming to a close. However, I wanted to share with you our final numbers from FY 2009. I hope that



Jail Standards Report on Inmates’ Complaints

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

By: Melinda Hieber, Complaints Investigator, Texas Commission on Jail Standards Fiscal year 2010 is coming to a close. However, I wanted to share with you our final numbers from FY 2009. I hope that this will shed some light on the numbers and types of complaints that we deal with on a daily basis. Not



Brazoria Inmate Dies After Fall….

Mar 13th, 2010 | By

Mr. Torres didn’t have to die like this. We feel for his family who tried so hard to get him medical help.