Architects inspect Nacogdoches County Jail

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - After Deckard died, the Nacogdoches County Commissioners Court authorized the hiring of a part-time nurse practitioner.

That same court continues to monitor structural assessment at the jail.

Back for a second tour, architects were looking high and low Tuesday. Paxsun helps out with heating and cooling inspections. Every component was inspected, including electrical, plumbing, and the life safety devices such as fire protection and locking systems.

"The question is whether or not we're going to build anything or to expand is to be answered," said Wayne Gondeck, the president of DRG Architects.

Commissioners say there's not enough money to build. They also know a fresh coat of paint improves appearances, but fails to correct the underlying problem.

"The issue on this facility is it's almost 25 years old," said Joe Evans, the jail administrator. "It was built to last 20 years and you have the wear and tear of the facility. The structure is basically sound."

"It's been taken care of today and looks in very good condition today for an old jail," Gondeck said.

However, the jail was designed when there were fewer inmates.

During a conversation between jail staff and one of the architects, it was revealed that Close to 700 meals come through the Nacogdoches jail's kitchen every day. The kitchen was originally designed to feed 144.

Despite the challenges, the jail remains in good standing with the jail standards commission. However, a catch 22 is possible.

Right now, the facility is grandfathered and doesn't have to follow many of the new standards. The status could change as additions are made.

Wednesday, the Nacogdoches County jail will have its annual fire safety equipment inspected by authorities. Assessment architects want to have an overall report to the court by the first of the year.

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