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Public Safety News
Harris County Sheriff's Office
News Release
Friday, March 25, 2011

HARRIS COUNTY JAIL PASSES INSPECTION

(HOUSTON, TX) – Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia is proud to announce that the Harris County Jail has passed the annual inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS).

The thorough inspection of all of the county jail facilities and operations was conducted this week during an unannounced visit from commission jail inspectors. The inspectors found that there were no deficiencies.

“The jail looked very good,” said one of the TCJS inspectors. When addressing the cleanliness of the jail and the health services provided he said the Harris County Jail is “the best we’ve ever seen” and “if I had to be in jail, this is where I’d want to be.”

The inspectors spent one week looking at numerous jail operations such as records and procedures, health services, and complaints, among others.

“I am very proud of our deputies, detention officers and all those that work hard to make sure we take care of things on a day to day and ongoing basis,” said Sheriff Adrian Garcia. “I hope these inspectors can go to other jails across the state and say ‘If you want to learn how to do something and do it right, go to Harris County,’” he added.

The Harris County Jail houses approximately 10,000 inmates on any given day and processes about 140,000 inmates per year.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards promotes reasonable written rules and procedures establishing minimum standards, inspection procedures, enforcement policies and technical assistance for:

·       the construction, equipment, maintenance, and operation of jail facilities under its jurisdiction;

·       the custody, care and treatment of inmates;

·       programs of rehabilitation, education, and recreation for inmates confined in county and municipal jail facilities under its jurisdiction.




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