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McLennan - P (Jack Harwell Detention Center) Non-Compliance Report

Jail Name
McLennan - P (Jack Harwell Detention Center) 
Report Date
William T.Phariss; Jaso Jouett 
Original Report
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TJP Commentary
Texas Jail Project receives so many emails and phone calls about this jail which is operated by La Salle Southwest Corrections. In the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature, HB 2467 and HB 3775 were introduced to counter the kind of systemic problems plaguing privately run facilities like Jack Harwell. HB 2467 would change the requirement period for temporary county jailers to complete their required training program from one year to 90 days. If a person doesn’t complete the required training, they will be removed from the position. HB 3775 would require that a person may not be appointed as a county jailer, unless the person has completed the training program in the operation of a county jail at a school operated or licensed by the commission. The training program also must consist of at least eight hours of mental health training approved by the commission and the commission on jail standards. Both great ideas considering all the horrible death that occur in this facility. Last year TJP wrote to the County Commissioners imploring them to NOT renew the county's contract with LaSalle. This year, congressmen on the County Affairs Committee subpoenaed La Salle to appear before them during the hearings on HB 2467.

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