Observation records for areas where inmates known to be assaultive, potentially suicidal, mentally ill, or who have demonstrated bizarre behavior are confined were routinely exceeded by staff on a routine basis by 1 minute to 2 hours 9 minutes.
In December 2022 the Harris County Jail was placed in non-compliance for failing to follow a physician’s orders and provide medication to an Incarcerated person as directed. During the Comprehensive Re-Inspection,
this was determined to be continuing issue by the inspection team.
Incarcerated persons were not seen by medical within 48 hours, as required by facility operation plan.
Incarcerated persons were in holding anywhere from 63 hours to 70 hours. Additionally, during the review of inmate files, seven (7) additional inmates were found to be in holding from 48.5 hours to 66 hours prior to housing
Documentation sent to the lead inspector for supervision indicated that the Harris County staffing was sufficient. However, floor rosters reviewed during the walkthrough of the 3rd floor at 701 Baker verified staffing shortage on the day of inspection. It was determined that there are only 13 officers currently working the floor when 14 are needed. This is for a total population of 659 inmates. The 4th floor staffing was also reviewed, and it was noted that 13 officers were present when 15 officers were required to supervise 684 inmates.