State finds Marion County Jail non-compliant on three counts

State finds Marion County Jail non-compliant on three counts
(Source: KLTV)

JEFFERSON, Texas (KLTV) - The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) cited three areas where the Marion County Jail was non-compliant in a Dec. 18, 2020 inspection report.

The first citation regarding training said all the jail’s staff involved in classification should have a minimum of four hours training on principles, procedures and instruments for assessments, housing assignments, reassessments and inmate needs. Staff who had not completed the training are performing classification duties according to the report.

The second citation regarding an audit said a planned annual internal audit should be taken of the classification system, and the records of the audit maintained for TCJS review. Audit records of the classification system were not conducted and not available according to the report.

The third citation requires documentation of physical exercise and physical recreation available for TCJS review. Each inmate shall be allowed one hour of supervised physical exercise or physical recreation at least three days per week. Documentation failed to show that inmates are allowed supervised recreation according to the report.

The TCJS lists jails on its list of non-compliance until they pass a reinspection.

KLTV has reached out to the sheriff’s office for comment.

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