Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 29, 2012

County jail receives clean report

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County Jail received a clean report from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards conducted an unannounced inspection, Thursday and Friday.

Sheriff Ray Nutt said the 2-day inspection included a look into all facets of the jail’s operations, including security, intake and release of inmates, staffing, safety, cleanliness and maintenance.

The inspector met with County Judge Richard Sanders and Nutt  Friday afternoon to report his findings. He also thanked the staff for its cooperation and professionalism, Nutt said.

Nutt commended Maj. Botie Hillhouse, Capt. Michael Sharkey, Lt. David Faught, and all jail personnel, for doing an excellent job in keeping the 509-bed facility in compliance with jail standards and state and federal laws.

In previous years,  regular inspections of jails were generally announced prior to the visit. Today, the inspections are more often of the unannounced variety.

According to the jail standards commission, there are more than 600 different items that are examined during the inspection. The jail grew by more than 300, when  a major expansion was completed in 2008. The number of inmates and personnel also increased.

Throughout, the facility has received  largely favorable marks in state jail expansions, except for a few minor corrections during the construction stage.

TCJS currently reports six non-compliant jails in Texas.