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Harris County Jail not in compliance with Texas regulations

The Harris County Jail’s overcrowding problem has led to the state giving them a deadline to get the issues fastened.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Harris County has 30 days to repair what the state is asking a compliance problem resulting from overcrowding at its jail.

The county has even despatched some prisoners to Louisiana in order to attempt to treatment the issue.

Texas Commission on Jail Standards inspectors identified 64 individuals who spend greater than the utmost of 48 hours in the reserving space’s holding cells. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has 30 days to submit a “corrective plan of action.”

The county mentioned its backlog has persistently grown since 2017 when Hurricane Harvey prompted structural injury to the courthouse constructing. During the pandemic, the backlog continued to develop as a result of public well being issues “prevented courts from conducting in-person hearings and trials at their usual pace.”

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The numbers

As of Thursday, there have been 10,343 individuals in the Harris County Jail.

An further 597 inmates have been despatched to a jail in La Salle Parish, Louisiana.

It’s the primary time the jail inhabitants has exceeded 10,000 in over a decade.

Nearly half of the inmates have been charged with violent crimes.

Recently, Harris County signed a contract to maneuver 600 extra individuals to a jail facility in Garza County.

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What’s being carried out

The county mentioned that the introduction of telemedicine, further well being care employees and different steps are being taken to hurry up medical screenings in the course of the reserving course of.

Also, Harris County Commissioners Court has made vital investments to sort out the case backlog.

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