Smith County Jail passes surprise audit with flying colors

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 3:16pm

Smith County was awarded a certificate of compliance for receiving high marks in cleanliness and safety during their annual inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards on December 18, 2012.

Smith County passed its surprise inspection without any deficiencies in the more than 650 compliance areas checked, including cell cleanliness, secure lock systems, proper medical screening of prisoners, proper staff training, adequate shower and toilet facilities and sanitary food preparation within the jail system.

“We are very proud to receive such a positive report. These results are a clear indication of how former Sheriff J.B. Smith left the department,” County Judge Joel Baker said.

Judge Baker added that Smith County’s record of positive inspections is notable because it has been done with the added burden of transporting inmates in and out of the county due to overcrowding.

Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, Brandon Wood said the certificate represents the outstanding leadership of the staff in complying with minimal jail standards.

“This achievement is a direct result of your office’s commitment to excellence and is an example of dedication and professionalism in maintaining a safe, secure and sanitary facility.”

Mr. Wood also extended congratulations to members of the Smith County Commissioners Court for their roles in supporting the jail system.

Newly elected Sheriff Larry Smith praised the hard work of the previous administration and said he looked forward to carrying on the tradition of excellence that has been established.

“I look forward to working with the Commissioners Court and County officials to continue the superb work they have done to keep the Smith County jail running smooth and in compliance,” said Sheriff Smith.

Smith County manages an average of 700 inmates, both male and female on a daily basis. Of the 355 people employed by the Sheriff’s Office, 216 worked in jail services in 2012.


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