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San Jacinto County Jail Fails State Inspection

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The San Jacinto County jail, in Texas, recently failed a State inspection.  The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (“TCJS”) conducted an inspection of the San Jacinto County Jail on September 6, 2019.  The San Jacinto County jail is operated, in our understanding, by the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department.  We are uncertain as to whether a private company also participates in operation of the jail and/or provides medical care and medication to inmates.

The TCJS inspection report indicates that the jail violated a TCJS standard.  That standard requires that the jail keep appropriate health records, which in turn should reflect all findings, diagnoses, treatment, disposition, special housing assignments, medical isolation, distribution of medications, and the names of any institution to which an inmate’s health record has been released.  The TCJS inspector determined that medical staff were not properly documenting daily distribution of medications.  Medical staff were also not retaining Medical Administration Record (MAR) sheets after the end of each month for TCJS review.  Hopefully, the San Jacinto County jail will remedy this issue and assure the heath of inmates.

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.