Wichita County officials are moving forward with making improvements to the jail.
In June 2015, the county jail received a failing grade on its jail inspection report done by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. Since then, the county commissioners, along with the Sheriff's Office have been working to fix those problems.
Wichita County Sheriff David Duke said part of the problem was how few maintenance crews members they have.
"We only have, you know, an average of four maintenance guys for the county, for the entire county operations," Sheriff Duke said.
As he pointed out, because of this situation something will always get neglected. However, county commissioners recently approved to hire two new crew members. Their only job will be to work on the county jail. However, the problems with the jail need to be fixed as soon as possible, which will take more than two people.
"I want to say another month, 30 days, but I'm a realist and it's probably going to be 45 more days," he said, "It's a lot bigger than we originally thought it was going to be."
He hopes to have it done by that point because they are expecting officials to come out and do another inspection. Sheriff Duke said they will probably be there in a month, but they are keeping in touch with the,.
"We're updating them weekly pretty much, on what we're doing," he said, "They know we're working on it."
If the county jail gets another failing grade, actions will be taken. Sheriff Duke explained some of the inmates could be removed from a certain part of the jail. Then they would have to be moved to other counties to be housed, which costs money. This is why county commissioners are considering other options.
"Now we're going another direction," Sheriff Duke said, "The judge wants to go across the street to build a criminal court building with a jail and the sheriff's office and everything."