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Hunt County Non-Compliant Jail Report

Jail Name
Hunt County 
Report Date
Number of days
Jackie Benningfield and William Phariss 
Original Report
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Notes and Summary
  • During the walk through, inspectors observed two large holes in the foundation of the jail. One hole was secured in a cell the other could not be secured in the inmate library. Also observed were numerous holes in the ceiling of the secured facility leading above ceiling grade. The holes in the facility were covered with plywood and non-detention grade screws.
  • The fire system was tested under generator power. The fire panel, after being triggered from a smoke alarm, displayed a trouble code. Staff was unable to reset the system back to normal while under emergency power.
  • During a review of inmate files, it was discovered that two files contained medical records that were not separated. Those documents included the CCQ and Screening Form for Suicide and Medical and Mental Developmental Impairments.
  • During a review of classification files, it was discovered that Hunt County is not following their approved plan. According to their approved plan, inmates are to have their first initial reassessment within sixty (60) days of the initial assessment. The files reviewed were consistently over the sixty (60) days on the first reassessment.
  • Upon review of classification files, it was discovered that inmates are not being accurately reassessed utilizing the form in their approved plan. All inmates, with an assaultive felony and an initial assessment of 3 (medium custody), were never lowered in custody. This included inmates that displayed no institutional behavior problems.
  • The jail staff are not receiving four (4) hours of suicide prevention in-service training annually in accordance with their approved operational plan.
  • It is noted on the suicide observation logs that observations shall be conducted within ten (10) minutes. The observations were documented to be over the ten (10) minute limit from six (6) to eight (8) minutes on a continuous basis.
  • During review of the restraint logs, officers are not documenting the time the restraints are removed.
  • A review of staff rosters indicated that there were at least six (6) night shifts that were
    short staffed during the month of April in 2018. During the walk through, inspectors also observed the night shift to be short staffed the day of inspection. The current population was three hundred seventy-seven (377) inmates. This required eight (8) floor officers, but staff consisted of only six (6) floor officers.
  • After interviewing staff and inmates, it was discovered that the facility is not following their approved operational plan. Inmates are receiving cleaning supplies every other day and not daily as outlined in their approved operation plan.
Violation Types
  • Admission - Chapter 265: Admission
  • Classification And Separation Of Inmates - Chapter 271: Classification and Separation of Inmates
  • Health Services - Chapter 273: Health Services
  • Life Safety Rules
  • New Construction Rules
  • Sanitation
  • Supervision Of Inmates - Chapter 275.1

Hunt County Non-compliant Jail Reports

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