Shelby County Jail cited for fire alarm, licensing

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Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 1:28 PM CDT
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CENTER, Texas (KTRE) - A state agency has added the Shelby County Jail to its non-compliant list.

The notice of non-compliance issued July 19 lists two violations:

  • One staff member does not possess a valid Texas Commission on Law Enforcement jailer’s license. The identified staff member was on duty and actively supervising inmates.
  • Fire alarm failed to show location of an active smoke detector while conducting a fire drill.

Shelby County Jail Administrator Don Moore commented on these points.

“The young guy was not supervising inmates,” Moore said. “He was in training. It was our mistake for him to be unsupervised at the time. He had a TCOLE-issued number by the end of the day.”

“As for the fire alarm,” Moore continued, “that was operator error. We forgot to push the acknowledgment button. The system is working.”

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards lists jails on its list of non-compliance until they pass a reinspection.

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