Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Nueces jail fails 'nuther inspection

Problems at the Nueces County Jail descibed in this post aren't fixed yet, according to state inspectors. The feds say they aren't surprised.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards gave the Nueces jail a failing grade after a surprise inspection last week, reported the Corpus Christi Caller-Times ("
US Marshals: Jail failed surprise inspection," June 30).
State inspectors gave Sheriff Rebecca Stutts a timeframe to fix problems and said they understood why federal prisoners were removed, according to [federal] marshals. ...

The state conducted the surprise annual inspection about two weeks after the U.S. Marshals’ Service pulled 55 federal prisoners from the Nueces County Jail because federal inspections found questionable living conditions. [The agency] has said the jail was due for an annual inspection because the last one was conducted Aug. 11, 2005.
Problems found by the US Marshals Service's inspection in June were documented in these photos.

UPDATE: The Caller Times has more on the jail inspection which documented similar problems to those cited last month by federal marshals.