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New Director of Jail Commission: Brandon Wood

Dec 6th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized

Brandon Wood recently became executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) after former director Adan Muñoz retired. In discussions with Texas Jail Project’s director, Wood expressed the hope that counties don’t view TCJS “strictly as a regulatory and view us as a resource they can use… They have to see the value in our existence.”

While Wood focused on assisting jails stay in compliance and preventing liability for counties, there is at least one area where his concerns and the concerns of sheriffs intersect with the goals of Texas Jail Project and other advocacy groups like the ACLU of Texas: we all want to see a reduction in the number of people with mental disorders who are being incarcerated in our jails.

Wood said that the increased number of inmates in county jails who are patients of MHMR or who require psychiatric medication is a challenge, whether it be a small, medium or large jail.

Wood began as a Facilities Planner with TCJS in 1999, assisting counties in identifying jail population trends, preparing needs analyses and developing/reviewing construction plans. He has assisted with administrative oversight and operations, facilitated communications with local officials to find solutions for minimum jail standards, interacted with the Governor’s office, Legislative Budget Board, and numerous state officials regarding the functional aspects, goals and responsibilities of the Commission and the impact on counties.  Brandon is a Texas A&M University graduate, class of 1995.

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