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Wichita County Jail Not in Compliance With Texas Jail Standards

The Wichita County Jail is not in compliance with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

In a review of the facility in May, many areas are in need serious and immediate consideration.

There were violations in the jail's kitchen and many issues were not recorded properly.  According to Wichita County Sheriff, David Duke, maintenance problems are the biggest issue.

“That's been an ongoing issue even since the last administration here; it's the facilities itself," said Sheriff Duke.

In the report, rust was behind many of the sinks, toilets did not flush, showers did not drain or they had leaks just to name a few.

“One of the things that they tell us in here is that we have to have a facility and a maintenance program to include necessary repairs.  That's great if we had people that did maintenance in our own Sheriffs' office,” said Sheriff Duke.

Sheriff Duke does have a plan to fix these issues.

“Adding some maintenance personnel to the sheriff staff that will be in there every day dedicated to the jail and taking care of those issues as they're found," said Sheriff Duke.

Sheriff Duke is working with Wichita County Commissioner, Lee Harvey on what's next for the jail.

“We're in constant communication every day.   We've already taken care of a lot of the problems such as the A/C units on top of the Annex," said Sheriff Duke.

The last time the Wichita County Jail was not in compliance with Texas Jail Standards was in 2009. Sheriff Duke is hoping to have all of the issues listed in the report fixed and repaired within the next 45 days.

Sheriff Duke has met with Wichita County Judge, Woody Gossom to discuss this report, the overall plan for the future as well as the financial impact.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6

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