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Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Internal memo describes ‘squalor’ at Hays County jail

Days after Sheriff Gary Cutler took office last November, his chief deputy said he found the jail in a "state of squalor" so bad that inmates in once cell block had taken to wearing bandannas over their mouths to ward off an infestation of tiny flies.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Sheriff, Hays County sued by former jail employee

Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler has been sued by a former employee who claims he was demoted and pressured to resign in retaliation for political associations and free speech.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Inspectors give Hays County jail perfect score

Less than two years after state inspectors threatened to close the Hays County jail for health and safety violations, the facility not only passed an inspection on Monday, it did so with no demerits, the sheriff's office...

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

County approves criminal justice streamlining plan

Hays County commissioners voted unanimously this week to approve a 12-month plan for streamlining the county's criminal justice system while creating a committee to help coordinate the changes.

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Cutler cruises past Ratliff in sheriff's race

Republican Gary Cutler won election as Hays County sheriff by a romp over Democrat Tommy Ratliff, who was attempting to win the remainder of the term left unexpired when Allen Bridges died in December 2008. Since then,...

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Letters to the editor: On the sheriff and the jail

We have three letters to the editor concerning the state of the Hays County Jail and a very closely related matter, the November election for Hays County sheriff. The letter writers are E.W. Kinney of Dripping Springs,...

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, September 13th, 2010

Judge candidates promise race will stick to issues

Hays County judge candidates Jeff Barton and Bert Cobb said their race to the county's top elected office will stick to the issues and stay away from personal slights. Barton and Cobb were among the candidates who...

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Commissioners consider $31M in county jail repair

Hays County commissioners paid $2 million for emergency repairs for the air conditioner at the Hays County Jail this week, and now are looking at more than $30 million in improvements to the jail.

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...

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