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Adan Muñoz

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Hays County jail passes surprise state inspection

The Hays County Jail passes a surprise inspection by the state jail commission this month, indicating that the county is mitigating its compliance problems. The county is considering $31 million in jail renovations.

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Commissioners court rejects state jail study

By a 3-2 vote last week, Hays County commissioners said they have heard enough about the problems with the Hays County Jail and rejected the possibility of a needs analysis by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards...

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Hays County Jail back in compliance with state

Though the Hays County Jail has attained compliance with state standards and no longer is subject to state sanctions, Sheriff Tommy Ratliff told county commissioners last week that maintenance problems still abound.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Study: Hays County doesn't need new jail

A study commissioned by Hays County commissioners said the county doesn't need an entirely new jail. Instead, the study said the county should add beds to the existing jail and develop alternative means of bonding, docketing and...

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

County breaks off-site detention budget for 2010

The cost of incarcerating criminals keeps rising for Hays County. Not only has the county already blown its 2010 budget for holding prisoners out of county, but repairs to the Hays County Jail are running about $200,000...

Friday, February 5th, 2010

State acknowledges county jail progress

Hays County officials received a nod of approval Thursday from the State of Texas for trying to bring the county jail into compliance with state law. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards found the Hays County Jail...

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

County to challenge state action

Receiving the inspection results they hoped for, Hays County Commissioners are about to challenge the state's order that they shut down the kitchen in the Hays County Jail.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

County tries to escape kitchen closure

The Hays County Commissioners Court hopes to persuade the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) to revise an order to shut down the county jail's kitchen. At the least, the commissioners could make the penalty moot by...

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

State orders county jail kitchen shut down

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) ordered Hays County to close its jail kitchen within two weeks and to continue fixing water leakage problems that have rendered some cells uninhabitable.

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Sanction raises political tension over Hays jail

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards this morning ordered Hays County officials to close the jail’s kitchen by Nov. 20, citing continued unsanitary conditions. The sanction set off a heated exchange among county officials over who is...

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