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Limestone County, Texas Jail Cited for Violations

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The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (“TCJS”) published a special inspection report on August 14, 2018 regarding the Limestone County Jail after the TCJS noted several problems with the Limestone County, Texas jail.

The TCJS, during its special inspection conducted on August 14, 2018, determined that Limestone County jailers exceeded the required 30-minute face-to-face observation in areas in which inmates are known to be potentially suicidal, mentally ill, assaultive, and/or have demonstrated bizarre behavior.  The report mentions one-minute up to twenty-minute observations as well, although the report is unclear as to the application of such face-to-face observation intervals.

The TCJS also determined that jailers are not transferring controls for intercoms to main control when they conduct rounds.  Therefore, there is no 2-way communication between inmates and jailers at all times (as required by the TCJS).

Finally, the TCJS also determined that jailers were not conducting daily cell inspections.  Therefore, jail cells were found to have an overabundance of numerous items which should not have been left in cells.

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.