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County jail passes inspection; Remedial order remains in effect until at least October

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Hopkins County officials got some welcome news about the jail this week after receiving confirmation the facility is finally in compliance with state jail standards.

The Hopkins County Law Enforcement Center had been under scrutiny by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards since receiving a failing grade after an inspection 10 months ago.

“The Texas Commission on Jail Standards recently conducted a re-inspection of your facility after being found in non-compliance on September 18, 2008,” read the memo sent July 23 by Adan Muñoz, executive director of the jail commission. “All deficiencies have been corrected and your jail facility is now in compliance with minimum jail standards. Congratulations to you and your staff!”

The note went on to praise the county’s elected leaders, as well, for their assistance in addressing the problems.

“The Hopkins County Commissioners Court is also to be commended in their efforts for their support of jail operations,” Muñoz wrote. “The citizens of Hopkins County should be proud of your efforts, as is the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.”

Also included was a “Certificate of Compliance” stating the jail had been inspected and found to comply with the minimum jail standards set by the commission.

A remedial order issued Nov. 6, however, remains in effect. That order limited the number of people that could be housed in the jail, forcing the county to enter into agreements with Franlkin and Rains counties to house excess inmates for Hopkins County at a rate of about $40 a day. Today, for example, the county jail held 92 inmates, but another 15 were being held in the county jail in Mount Vernon and five more in Emory.

When county officials last met with the jail standards commission in May, commissioners decided to leave the order in place and review its status again at the Aug. 5 meeting.  Since then, however, the jail panel has decided to postpone discussing Hopkins County’s remedial order until October.

“They usually do our state jail inspection in September, so they may be waiting until that’s done,” Hopkins County Sheriff Butch Adams said today.

 

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