Karnes County Jail passes inspection
by Joe Baker
Mar 02, 2014 | 284 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES CITY – A report regarding the latest inspection of the Karnes County Jail showed “good news” about the current condition of the 61-year-old facility.

The inspection happened Feb. 19, and the report shows zero reportable incidents, such as fire, death, suicide or escape. The total average daily population is shown as “2” in the report which also noted that 18 offenders are housed by contract at a private facility in Karnes County, three in Wilson County and two in Live Oak County.

“There were no deficiencies noted and upon review of this report by the executive director of Texas Commission on Jail Standards, a certificate of compliance may be issues per the requirements of VTCA, Chapter 511 and Texas Minimum Jail Standards,” the report states.

Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva said he is very pleased with the report from the most recent inspection.

These inspections, are “surprise” inspections, Villanueva explained, so there is no way to know when they might happen.

Considering it is an aging facility, Villanueva said he was especially pleased as it gets harder and harder for older jail facilities to stay in compliance with ever-changing standards.

“It is very tough,” Villanueva said, adding that he is looking forward to the completion of the new Karnes County Jail which will be constructed in a way that will comply with the most recent jail standards.

The start of construction on the new jail is expected soon, and the completion date is set for Oct. 20. The new facility will be able to house 48 offenders and is designed in such a way that it will be expandable to a 96-bed facility.
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