Smith County praised for jail conditions

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Released by the Smith County Commissioners Court:

SMITH COUNTY, TX - Smith County was awarded a certificate of compliance for receiving high marks for cleanliness and safety during their annual inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards this month.

A letter from TCJS Executive Director, Adan Munoz to Sheriff J.B. Smith stated, "The citizens of Smith County should be proud of your [staff's] combined efforts, as is the Texas Commission on Jail Standards."

During the yearly inspection, a representative from the Commission on Jail Standards conducts a thorough investigation to check for 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.

Smith County was found to be compliant in all aspects of cleanliness, health and safety.

"This certificate of compliance is a direct result of your department's commitment to excellence and further attests, signifies and demonstrates your department's dedication and professionalism in maintaining a safe, secure, and sanitary facility," Munoz added.

The commission is also responsible for making sure all Texas jails have an up to date evacuation plan, and a working procedure to process inmate grievances.

"I am very pleased with our inspection. I think it shows all of our staff members are working together to maintain a high standard of safety," Sheriff J.B. Smith said. "It is a job well done by everyone from our captain to the kitchen staff."

Chief Deputy Gary Pinkerton said passing the jail inspection was a testimony of team work that consists of the detention staff, the maintenance staff, the medical staff, kitchen staff and the supervisory staff that take pride in the operation of a detention facility.

"I am proud of everyone for their hard work and dedication," Chief Jailor Gary Pinkerton added.