State removes Hopkins County Jail from non-compliant list

State removes Hopkins County Jail from non-compliant list
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SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (KLTV) - A state agency has removed the Hopkins County Jail from the state’s non-compliant list.

The jail was written up following an inspection in November for the following reasons:

“The Inmate Custody Roster for November 3, 2020 indicated that 21 of the 25 inmates in the holding cells had been held there in excess of 48 hours. Discussions with jail administration confirmed that inmates were being held for more than 48 hours.”

“The Inmate Custody Roster for November 3, 2020 indicated 16 inmates had been held in Holding Cell 4, though our records indicate Holding Cell 4 only has a rated capacity of 10 inmates. Discussion with the jail administration confirmed the cell capacity to be accurate but alleged that the report was incorrect, and that the excess inmates were being held in one of the recreation areas. The recreation area is not approved or equipped for the holding or housing of inmates.”

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards removes jails from the list if standards have been met upon a follow-up inspection.

A jail spokesman explained that inmates were being held in holding cells for more than 48 hours to be sure they did not show signs of COVID-19 before being housed in general population.

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