The sheriff said a representative of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards inspected the facilities on Monday, June 30.
During the inspection, the official checked all of the jail’s records, the condition and cleanliness of the structure, medical facilities, staff readiness and inmate treatment.
“This certification, along with federal inspections, allows the jail to continue to operate, as well as house federal inmates,” Carrizales said.
Housing federal inmates brings revenue to the county.
Carrizales made the decision to continue housing federal inmates when he took office in 2005. Since then, the practice has brought millions of federal dollars to county coffers.
Last year alone, Carrizales wrote checks to the county’s general fund that came to more than $900,000.
The sheriff commended jail administrator Dolores “Chach” Rodriguez and her staff for the continued excellence in the way the county jail is operated.
Carrizales said it is getting harder to pass inspections because of the building’s age. Some of the components in the structure are worn and outdated. Parts are getting harder to find because they are no longer being manufactured.
The sheriff credited maintenance supervisor Dennis Vasquez with keeping the older equipment functioning.
Carrizales said he was pleased with a decision made by the Bee County Commissioners Court earlier this year to provide a full-time staff at the jail in order to meet the federal jail standards.
The sheriff also was glad to see that the court has recognized the need for a new jail in the next two years.