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Dallas Jail Passes Inspection Again

Mar 30th, 2012 | Category: Conditions in County Jails, Dallas County

By Kevin Krause/Reporter  kkrause@dallasnews.com | in the Dallas Morning News,  Fri., Mar. 30, 2012

The Dallas County jail system has passed state inspection for the third year in a row, sheriff’s officials said this morning.

The jail system — the nation’s seventh largest — received its certification from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

The news marks a significant turnaround for the county jails, which had been under a federal order to improve inmate medical and mental health services. When the jails finally passed state inspection in 2010, it was the first time since 2003.

Recurring problems with sanitation and faulty smoke detection and removal systems had plagued the jails for years, requiring county commissioners to spend more than $100 million to make improvements.

Shannon Herklotz, the jail commission’s assistant director of inspections and jail management, called the week-long inspection “one of the most enjoyable weeks we’ve had at this facility in many years.”

“I can’t say enough how clean this place was,” Herklotz said during a debriefing with county officials. “It’s definitely a model for a lot of people to look at.”

Sheriff’s officials say the inspectors praised the jails’ life safety and maintenance equipment, and jail health services that Parkland Memorial Hospital provides. Parkland’s medical staff, officials said, administers about 8,000 daily doses of medication at the jails — more than what is given out at the hospital each day.

“Such a turnaround is a credit to all our staff,” said Sheriff Lupe Valdez. “It takes the cooperation of all of us, including our midnight staff.”

Commissioner John Wiley Price praised the county’s roughly 1,450 jail guards for keeping the jails safe and clean.



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1 Comment
9 years ago

Sure dont know how the Dallas county jail
Passed anything.that place is in humane