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County officials called to Austin by jail standards board

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Hopkins County Commissioners Court members will be required to appear before will appear before the Texas Commission on Jail Standards on Thursday to address continued overcrowding at the county jail, as well other issues cited during a September inspection.

The meeting is slated to begin at 9 a.m. at the William P. Clements Building in Austin.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards will meet in open session to deliberate and possible take action on the agenda posted.

Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap will give the commission a report on the Hopkins County jail’s “Status of Non-Compliance” and progress on proposed solutions presented in the fall, as well as future plans to remedy the issues.

One of the main issues cited in the September evaluation is overcrowding. The county has contracted with Franklin and Titus counties so that prisoners may be housed at jail facilities in those areas to keep the local jail population from exceeding maximum capacity.

The state jail commission issued a remedial order in September after hearing from the sheriff and county judge proposals to limit the population to the numbers approved for staff, inmate and classification ratios.

Since then, the county jail has exceed the maximum number on occasion and has had to send inmates to the other jails, according to jail reports.

The Hopkins County Law Enforcement Center was one of 32 Texas jails in September noted to be in noncompliance with commission standards for certification.




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