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Dallas County Jail passes new inspection

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Dallas County

The Dallas County Jail passed a new state inspection. A release from the sheriff’s office said it passed an unannounced inspection that ended Thursday.

“We have made and will continue to make improvements at every level, to ensure that our jail system meets or exceeds state standards,” said Sheriff Marian Brown.

The jail had been out of compliance with state standards since it failed an inspection in February. It was the second year in a row.

Among other things, the jail was dinged for incorrect documentation of observations of suicidal inmates. Inspectors also found dozens of inoperable doors – part of an ongoing problem. The Dallas Morning News found there were in fact hundreds of “inoperative” doors.

An email to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards was not immediately returned.

Corrections officers have complained about low staffing and forced overtime. Inmates are in an ongoing lawsuit over the jail’s policies at the onset of the pandemic.

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Bret Jaspers is a reporter for KERA. His stories have aired nationally on the BBC, NPR’s newsmagazines, and APM’s Marketplace. He collaborated on the series Cash Flows, which won a 2020 Sigma Delta Chi award for Radio Investigative Reporting. He's a member of Actors' Equity, the professional stage actors union.