Nacogdoches County jail passes surprise state inspection

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office received an unscheduled visit by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards Wednesday.

According to Sheriff Thomas Kerss the county jail successfully passed the inspection with no noted violations. "This success demonstrated during the inspection was due to the diligent, professional effort put forth on a daily basis by our Jail staff, our maintenance personnel and our Administrative staff."

"It also exemplifies the cooperative effort made possible between my Office and other branches of County Government that help play a role in supporting our jail operations, such as our Commissioners' Court, Auditor, Courts, Clerks and Prosecutors," Kerss said in a new release.

Kerss also noted, "Our mission is to help keep our community safer and meet the duties imposed upon me and my staff by professionally operating a secure, compliant jail facility while housing those incarcerated individuals that are assigned into my custody. I commend the excellent job our staff has done to achieve this certification."

The "no deficiencies" mark means the facility passed a state jail inspection with flying colors.  For taxpayers it means the county won't be hit hard by stiff penalties or fines.

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