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Kinney County Non-Compliant Jail Report

Jail Name
Kinney County 
Report Date
05/29/2018 
Inspector
Jennifer Shumake 
Original Report
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TJP Commentary

 

  • While conducting a walk-through of the facility, multiple intercoms were observed to be absent or inoperable in the inmate occupied areas including the recreation yard and the inmate side of the visitation area. It should be noted that this facility received technical assistance regarding inoperable and absent intercoms during the 2017 annual inspection.
  • While conducting a walk-through of the facility, it was observed that there were no illuminated exit signs in the facility.
  • While reviewing life safety paperwork, it was revealed that the jail staff are not conducting the quarterly fire prevention checklist as required by standards.
  • While conducting a fire/smoke test, it was determined that the staff did not know how to properly put on the SCBA. It was also determined that the staff did not know how to operate the SCBA as required by minimum jail standards.
  • While reviewing the generator log, it was revealed that the generator had not had a full load test conducted since September of 2017.
  • The jail staff are not notifying the magistrate, in writing or electronically, as required by Article 16.22 of the Code of Criminal Procedures. The staff is not including the CCQ in the inmate’s medical file. The CCQ needs to be included with the inmate health screening form to be readily available to review by Commission staff.
  • During the walk-through, multiple maintenance issues were observed to include a leaky roof that has resulted in the east wing of the facility to be closed down. There is also no hot water on the east wing. Intercoms need to be added and intercoms need to be repaired. There were multiple lights that were not operating. Illuminated exit signs need to be installed.

This jail has been on the non-compliant list for almost a year now. And no signs that they are working on fixing any of the violations listed in the inspection.

Violation Types
  • Health Services - Chapter 273: Health Services
  • Life Safety Rules
  • New Construction Rules
  • Sanitation
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