Smith Co. receives award for cleanliness, safety during annual j - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Smith Co. receives award for cleanliness, safety during annual jail inspection

Posted: Updated:

Smith County:

SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - Smith County was awarded a certificate of compliance for receiving high marks in cleanliness and safety during their annual inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards on December 18, 2012.


Smith County passed its surprise inspection without any deficiencies in the more than 650 compliance areas checked,  including cell cleanliness, secure lock systems, proper medical screening of prisoners, proper staff training, adequate shower and toilet facilities and sanitary food preparation within the jail system.

"We are very proud to receive such a positive report. These results are a clear indication of how former Sheriff J.B. Smith left the department," County Judge Joel Baker said. 

Judge Baker added that Smith County's record of positive inspections is notable because it has been done with the added burden of transporting inmates in and out of the county due to overcrowding.

Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, Brandon Wood said the certificate represents the outstanding leadership of the staff in complying with minimal jail standards.

"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."

Mr. Wood also extended congratulations to members of the Smith County Commissioners Court for their roles in supporting the jail system.

"Providing the essential budgetary support for jail operations is also imperative to achieving compliance," he said.

Newly elected Sheriff Larry Smith praised the hard work of the previous administration and said he looked forward to carrying on the tradition of excellence that has been established.

"I look forward to working with the Commissioners Court and County officials to continue the superb work they have done to keep the Smith County jail running smooth and in compliance," said Sheriff Smith.

Smith County manages an average of 700 inmates, both male and female on a daily basis. Of the 355 people employed by the Sheriff's Office, 216 worked in jail services in 2012.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Report: Air Algerie plane vanishes from radar

    Report: Air Algerie plane vanishes from radar

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:28:48 GMT
    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday.  Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 1:50 a.m. GMT (10:50p EDT), the agency said.

    More >>
    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday.  Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 1:50 a.m. GMT (10:50p EDT), the agency said.


    More >>
  • Update: Autopsy reveals stab wound led to death of 4-year-old girl

    Update: Autopsy reveals stab wound led to death of 4-year-old girl

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:50:12 GMT
    Victoria Wyatt (photo: family)Victoria Wyatt (photo: family)
    UPDATE: ATHENS, TX (KYTX) - An autopsy report reveals a stab wound to the chest contributed to the death of 4-year-old Victoria Wyatt.More >>
    UPDATE: ATHENS, TX (KYTX) - An autopsy report reveals a stab wound to the chest contributed to the death of 4-year-old Victoria Wyatt.More >>
  • Why Smith County won't be making rulings on immigration issue

    Why Smith County won't be making rulings on immigration issue

    We're learning more about what led Smith County commissioners to vote on some immigration resolutions and the reason for the outcomes. The commissioners court discussion Tuesday came down to what a county government's role is. More >>
    We're learning more about what led Smith County commissioners to vote on some immigration resolutions and the reason for the outcomes. The commissioners court discussion Tuesday came down to what a county government's role is. More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.