The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

January 18, 2013

Jail passes surprise inspection

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor reported that the County Jail has passed a surprise inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards that took place on Wednesday and Thursday.

“We have a surprise inspection every year,” Taylor said. “They come in and do a very thorough inspection — looking at inmate records, life safety and security and talking to the inmates themselves.”

With the exception of a few minor issue regarding paperwork, the jail passed the inspection.

“With those very minor issues, they just instruct us on correcting it,” Taylor said. “If it were a major issue, we would have failed.”

The sheriff credited the consistent hard work if the jail staff for the accomplishment.

“The staff is doing a great job,” he said. “It is major undertaking, keeping up with all the paperwork involved with each inmate, but they do a fantastic job.”

According to Taylor, the county jail has a capacity of 300, and as of Thursday, were housing 163 inmates.

“Our judges/courts are doing a good job keeping things going and keeping inmates moving through the system,” Taylor said.

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