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Falls County, Texas Jail Fails Inspection and Further Fails to Comply with TCJS Order

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The Falls County jail, in Marlin, Texas, is now listed as being non-compliant by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The jail failed an inspection which occurred on or about December 8, 2020.

The Falls County jail violated a minimum standard regarding having a commissary. During the May 11, 2020 inspection of the Falls County jail, the inspector noted that the most recent commissary audit could not be provided for review. Technical assistance was provided, including that a copy of the most recent commissary audit was to be mailed to the inspector within 30 days. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards executive director sent a letter to the Falls County Sheriff reaffirming this requirement. Nevertheless, a commissary audit was not provided to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

Falls County officials were requested to attend the quarterly Texas Commission on Jail Standards meeting held on November 5, 2020, where an order to produce a commissary audit was established. The deadline was then December 5, 2020, with a warning that a notice of non-compliance would be issued to the Falls County jail if it failed to comply with the requirement. Nevertheless, as of December 8, 2020, the Falls County jail had failed to comply with the directive by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. Hopefully, the Falls County jail will take its obligations seriously and comply with requirements of the TCJS.

Written By: author image Dean Malone
author image Dean Malone
Dean Malone is the founder of Law Offices of Dean Malone, P.C., a jail neglect civil rights law firm. Mr. Malone earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Texas at Dallas, graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA, and from Baylor University School of Law with a general civil litigation concentration. Mr. Malone served in several staff positions for the Baylor Law Review, including executive editor. Mr. Malone is an experienced trial lawyer, trying a number of cases to jury verdict and also handling arbitrations through final hearing. He heads the jail neglect section of his law firm, in which lawyers litigate cases involving serious injury and death resulting from jail neglect and abuse. Lawyers frequently refer cases to Mr. Malone due to his focus on this very complicated civil rights practice area.