Perfect score for Nacogdoches County jail

By Donna McCollum - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Inmates behind the bars of the Nacogdoches County Jail can rest well knowing they're in a facility which passed a state jail inspection with flying colors. For taxpayers it means the county won't be hit hard by stiff penalties or fines.

A state jail inspector found 'no deficiencies' whatsoever. This is due primarily to the replacement of the jail's locking and intercom system. "Those are almost 20 years old now, as well as our intercom system," Sheriff Thomas kerss said.  "Our previous intercom system was very problematic and we knew have we left it in place we would have not been able to meet the standards."

"It makes us feel more secure," Major Karla Swanzy said.  The petite woman is in charge of the jail.  "It makes us be able to communicate with the inmates in case there is a problem. If they have a health issue or anything like that," Swanzy explained.

The three day inspection included a physical walk through, but the inspector also reviewed records from the entire year.

This benchmark could not have been accomplished without the hard work and dedication of our loyal staff, as well as the cooperation of several inmates.   I am very proud of our employees.   They have worked very hard during the discharge of their duties to help protect this community and they deserve to be commended for their superb performances throughout this past year, wrote Sheriff Kerss in a press release. He also attributed elected and appointed officials and efforts to reduce the jail population by the court system.

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