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Jail passes state inspection 11th straight year

Overcrowding an issue though
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Hood County Jail passed state inspection for the 11th straight year.

That’s every year that Roger Deeds has been sheriff.

“I have a great staff in the jail, and the Hood County Maintenance does a great job in supporting us,” Deeds said.

The increasing number of inmates has been an issue for several years. Inmates are sent to other jails to avoid overcrowding, and female inmates are housed in Somervell County (Glen Rose).

Deeds hopes that the Commissioners Court will address jail overcrowding.

“With budget determinations for next year ongoing I am not sure when we will meet to address the issue with enlarging the jail or building a new jail,” he said.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards inspected the jail on June 5. Deeds received a letter afterward.

“The Certificate of Compliance demonstrates your outstanding leadership and the diligent work of your staff in complying with minimum jail standards,” Executive Director Brandon Wood wrote Deeds. “In addition, this achievement is a direct result of your office’s commitment to excellence and is an example of dedication and professionalism in maintaining a safe, secure and sanitary facility.

“Providing the essential budgetary support for jail operations is also imperative to achieving compliance, so let me also congratulate the Hood County Commissioners’ Court for their vital support of jail operations.”

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