Harris County Jail Actually Passes A Surprise Inspection

The Harris County Jail, which for years has been the subject of allegations of poor treatment of inmates, overcrowding and subpar facilities, has gotten a clean bill of health.

A surprise re-inspection of the facility by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards found that the jail had fixed all the problems cited in an April report, the sheriff's office reported.

The earlier inspection had found "several problems, including malfunctioning intercoms, toilets and crowding in holding cells where inmates await processing."

But the TCJS gave the jail a full certificate of compliance.

"We have been making, are making and will continue to make improvements to the way we operate at every level," Sheriff Adrian Garcia said in a release. "I am very proud of our deputies, detention officers and all those that work hard every day to make sure our jail is safe, sanitary and in compliance with the strictest of standards. This is just another example of our commitment to the safety of our community."

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