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Smith County Non-Compliance Report

Jail Name
Smith County 
Report Date
03/22/2022 
Inspector
Michael Gravitt, Jason Jouett, Byron Shelton  
Original Report
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TJP Commentary
  • People held in holding cells more than 48 hours; deficiencies noted in February 25, 2022 special inspection still existed during comprehensive inspection
  • Documented reviews of people placed in "violent" cell are not being conducted every 24 hours for continuance of status when placed in the violent cell for multiple days
  • Required 15 minute observations of people in restraint chairs were exceeded by 1 to 10 minutes on multiple occasions
  • In reviewing TCOLE records it was determined one jailer's temporary license expired on December 20, 2021; jailer continued to work without a valid TCOLE license until February 9, 2022
  • Smith County Jail staff failed to staff the Central Jail Facilities and North Jail Facility no less than 1 jailer to 48 people on multiple occasions between March 1, 2022 and March 31, 2022
  • People held in holding cells on suicide watch in the booking area were not given the opportunity to shower at least every other day or more often if possible; multiple people were found to be held in holding cells on suicide watch anywhere from 5 t0 10 days without the opportunity to shower
Violation Types
  • denied shower -
  • exceeded 15 minute observation of inmates in restraints -
  • Failed to comply with 1:48 ratio (1 officer per every 48 inmates) -
  • holding cells for more than 48 hours -
  • suicide watch not afforded dayroom and denied shower -
  • suicide watch violations -
  • violent cell reviews -
  • ● Jailer did not have or expired the required TCOLE license -

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