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Liberty County Non-Compliant Jail Report

Jail Name
Liberty County 
Report Date
Number of days
William T.Phariss 
Original Report
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Notes and Summary


  • During a walkthrough of the facility, it was determined that inmates are being held in excess of 48 hours which exceeds the time limit for a holding cell.
  • While reviewing inmate medical files, it was determined that jail staff are not completing the form in its entirety by notating a CCQ match response and/or rotating comments when answering “Yes” to questions. Jail staff are not making/documenting notifications, including magistrate as required by CCP 16.22, when required by the
    Screening Form for Suicide and Medical/Mental/Developmental Impairments.
  • While reviewing inmate medical files, it was determined that CCQ match responses are not being kept on file. Along with not documenting the match response, there is no evidence that CCQ queries are being performed.
  • During a walkthrough of the facility, significant maintenance issues were observed.
    The following is a list of areas identified:
    J1 – Lock panel/mechanism loose and exposed
    J2 – Lock panel/mechanism loose and exposed
    J3 – Light out, diamond plate on intercom damaged
    J Dorm – Dayroom shower #2 missing and exposed wiring
    K2 – Intercom not properly secured to the wall
    L2 – Intercom not properly secured to the wall
    L3 – Toilet button leaking when flushed
    Laundry – Breaker box unsecured, fire strobe light casing missing
    Holding 3 – intercom housing damaged, metal privacy partition loose, part of cell ceiling exposed
    Dorm 2 – Showerhead #2 loose
    Dorm 1 – Phone partition loose, Shower #2 drain not secured, metal TV mount not fully secured to the wall
    Sep 3 – intercom not fully secured to the wall
    Sep 2 – High water pressure on cold sink water.
    Dorm 3 – Telephone partition bent exposing metal edge
  • Throughout the facility, the light fixtures were missing vandal resistant screws to the point that light housings were not fully secured as designed and light housings have been damaged to allow access to wiring as indicated by multiple burned/melted light covers. In the west side housing units (Dorms 1,2,3,4) numerous areas of tile are missing from the bathroom and shower areas. Privacy partitions in these areas have also been damaged due to the installation of privacy clips for PREA regulations per administration. Tile is also missing in a section in the kitchen flooring.

When officials addressed the violations that led to the failed inspection, at the recent quarterly meeting of the Jail Commission in Austin, they kept saying, “We are not perfect!” It’s a sad joke when you think about the fact that the standards laid down by the Commission are titled “MINIMUM STANDARDS.” That’s what they’re failing. BARE MINIMUM STANDARDS! Not some 3-star hotel inspection.

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

Liberty County Non-compliant Jail Reports

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