While conducting a walk-through of the facility, it was observed that the exit signs from the secured facility to the sally port and the lobby exit were not illuminated under normal power or while on generator power.
While reviewing the life safety paper work, it was determined that the new administration did not conduct or maintain any of the required life safety records as required by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
The new administration is not currently verifying veteran status made available by the Veteran Reentry Search Service. The new administration is not issuing veteran inmates the referral card or maintaining a log as required by minimum jail standards.
The jail staff are not notifying the magistrate as required by Article 16.22 of the Code of Criminal Procedures. It was also determined that the jail staff are not always completing the mental health/suicide screening form in its entirety. The jail supervisors are not signing the bottom of the screening form as required.
The floor officer was observed to be outside the secured facility upon this inspector’s arrival. By doing so, the facility did not have a floor officer leaving the facility with less than one jailer per 10 inmates as required by minimum jail standards.
While conducting a walk-through of the facility, two of the four intercoms in the holding/detox cells were inoperable.
During the walk-through of the facility, the facility was observed to be unclean and unsanitary as required by minimum jail standards. There were also numerous maintenance issues to include plumbing and lighting issues.
The current menus have not been approved by a licensed dietician since February 1, 2017. The annual health inspection has not been conducted since the last inspection.