The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office announced that the Hardin County Jail received a Certificate of Compliance issued by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
According to a news release from HCSO, the goal of the annual visit by Commission investigators is to inspect all operations of a county jail. All county jails in Texas are required to meet certification standards set forth by the State. Some of the areas focused on are mental health screening, medical services, segregation of violent and non-violent offenders, and continuous training of employees.
Sheriff Mark Davis stated in the release:
“I want to thank the Jail Administrator, Captain David Burrous, and his incredible staff for the hard work and dedication in managing our County Jail. Through hard work and attention to detail, the staff has ensured the jail remains in compliance. Our number one priority and duty is the safe and secure housing of inmates. I have encouraged the staff to employ creative thinking, to look for ways to cut costs for supplies, medical and food service without sacrificing quality of care or service. It takes many people, including the area judges, trial attorneys, prosecutors, probation officers and medical service providers to make this happen. I want to personally thank Lynda Davis and her staff with the Hardin County Indigent Health Care. Her creative vision over the last several years has allowed us to reduce billing costs for medical services that are provided by area doctors and clinics. Just as in the private sector, rising health care costs affect the County Jail’s budget more than anything else. When we all work together, it allows an offender to move throughout the jail process, from incarceration to release, in a safe and efficient manner, at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayer.”