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Smith County Jail works towards compliant status

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 4:23 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 10:02 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - KLTV’s Lexi Venetti spoke with Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith about the random annual jail inspections and what specifically needs to change to gain compliance.

In 2020, Sheriff Smith brought a state jail inspector to the staff. After being added to the non-compliant list this year despite an inspector on staff, Sheriff Smith said that the pandemic played a role but there is no excuse for the non-compliant status.

“There’s so much going on, we’ve been so short-staffed that [he] wasn’t able to keep up with that. There’s no excuse for that” Smith said.

Smith said the Texas Commission on Jail Standards placed the Smith County Jail on the non-compliant list this year for violations related to the generator, inmate property, inmate clothing, and inmate grievances.

He said they actively addressed each item on the list. “I believe we’re ready to go with a re-inspection.”

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