Houston Chronicle: Harris County Jail fails another inspection as investigations continue + Full TCJS Report
March 14, 2023
Inspectors from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards found during a mid-February walk-through that jail staff are falling short in multiple key areas: failure to follow medical orders and failure to treat detainees with medical issues in a timely manner, where the jail has repeatedly failed before, again made inspectors' list of deficiencies.
Topics: Jail Conditions, Medical, Overcrowding
Wood goes on to state in the letter that “failure to initiate appropriate corrective action may cause a remedial order to be issued and enforced, or other appropriate action taken.”
The Commission’s Mar. 8 letter marks the latest in a string of failed inspections at Harris County Jail. In Sep. 2022, the jail received a failing grade in multiple areas of assessment, including forcing detainees to spend excessive time in holding cells and failing to provide detainees with the minimum personal hygiene materials required by state law. The jail was issued another non-compliance notice in December of last year.