Jefferson County Non-Compliant Jail Report
- Jail Name
- Jefferson County
- Report Date
- Wendy Wisneski
- Original Report
- Click Here
- TJP Commentary
- After a careful review of the video submitted, it was determined that inmates in holding/detox were not observed every 30 minutes as required on date in question.
- After a careful review of the documentation submitted, it can be determined that the inmate in question was placed on a 15 minute, staggered suicide observation. Documentation reviewed clearly indicates that the face-to-face observations exceeded the 15 minute limit by 5 minutes up to 120 minutes prior to the inmate’s medical
- There was no documentation to support that the magistrate was notified as required by Article 16.22 of the Code of Criminal Procedure on the inmate in question.
- Jefferson Co. officials were unable to confirm/verify that a CCQ had been submitted through the DPS TLETS Continuity of Care Query on the inmate in question as required by minimum jail standards.
According to a North Texas law firm, the individual who died in custody was not included in the report. More likely than not, this special investigation was related to the custodial death of a 38-year-old man in the Beaumont correctional facility. The inmate was discovered on the floor and in distress about 12 hours after being jailed. He died at approximately 3:40 p.m. on August 7, 2017.
TJP’s Policy Fellow, Kevin Garrett, has identified this as at least two Jefferson County deaths in a two-year span. Read about the most recent death in custody here.
- Violation Types
- Admission - Chapter 265: Admission
- Health Services - Chapter 273: Health Services
- Supervision Of Inmates