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Hays County

Two Texas counties to restart in-person jail visits

Sep 10th, 2015

“The decision marks a small victory for inmate advocates, who’ve pushed to protect in-person visits in as many county jails as possible. But it also means that nearly 30 counties — including Denton County — will get to maintain restrictions on those traditional meetings [offering video visitation only].”

Hays County: Why Do You Put People Through This?

Aug 8th, 2012

From a family member in San Marcos who was met with frustration at every turn: “So why don’t the nurse or doctor in charge tell you about the medical release form? “Your site is very helpful. I have my wife in the Hays County Jail and I’m having trouble with their medical personnel.  I even

Open Records Reveal Hays County Skeletons in Sheriffs Closets

Jul 21st, 2012

Posted  by Sean Kimmons on May 25th, 2012,  Hays County Free Press by SEAN KIMMONS Just days before voters elect the next sheriff, stacks of internal personnel records have been inspected revealing cracks inside the Hays County Sheriff’s Office over the past few years. One deputy was fired for turning off his duty microphone while trying

Hays County Squalor

Oct 3rd, 2011

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

Mistakes and Lies: Torrey Smith, 31, Dies In Hays County Jail

Nov 4th, 2010

SAN MARCOS — Torrey Lamar Smith had fallen behind on paying fines related to a 2006 felony, and on Dec. 2, 2008, after officials issued a warrant for his arrest, Smith turned himself in at the Hays County Jail . He would never check out of the jail. Five days later, the 31-year-old father of