Report: Texas Fails To Supervise Jails

Texas – As repeated efforts to regulate local jails across Texas fail, inmates in more than 370 city and town jails go unsupervised despite ongoing reports of inmate suicides, unsafe conditions, according to a published report.

Suspects in some local lockups are left handcuffed to benches for hours with little or no supervision, and a woman in one small-town jail was left with nothing more than a cell phone to use if she needed help, the Austin American-Statesman reported in Sunday's editions.

Adan Munoz Jr. heads the Texas Commission on Jail Standards that regulates county jails in Texas. But he says it wasn't unusual when he was a rookie Kingsville police officer 40 years ago to leave suspects alone for hours in the town's tiny jail.

Today, there's still no mechanism to enforce safe and healthy city jails.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman,

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