County jail passes inspection

The Denton County Jail passed its annual inspection with no deficiencies on Wednesday March 19, 2013, after a three-day inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

 

Precinct 4 County Commissioner, Andy Eads, and Sheriff Will Travis formally accepted the inspection results in Sheriff Travis’s office at the jail, located on North Woodrow Lane in Denton. “It is only through the steadfast commitment of the jail staff to the highest standards of service that they are able to accomplish this goal from year to year,” Sheriff Travis said.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards requires that all jails meet standards in 26 areas that relate to officers, safety standards, food, and the infirmary.  During its inspection, the commission inspects the construction, equipment, maintenance, and operation of the jail facilities under its jurisdiction. It also inspects the custody, care, and treatment of inmates and investigates programs of rehabilitation, education, and recreation for inmates confined in county jails. 

 

Chief Roy Davenport also credits the staff with the jails consistent success in meeting or exceeding the standards.  “The citizens of Denton County can be proud of the operation of their county jail.  The staff works tirelessly to ensure compliance with the standards required to maintain a safe secure detention facility,” he said.

 

Denton County Jail, the ninth largest in the state, has a capacity of 1,400 inmates and consists of five facilities. Three hundred eighty five men and women, state certified as Detention Officers, work three shifts around the clock. Last year, over 14,000 people were booked into the jail by 70 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

 

Sandi Brackeen

Public Information Officer

Denton County Sheriff’s Office