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April 6, 2014

OC Jail receives certificate of compliance 17th year in row

ORANGE — Orange County Correctional Facility received a Certificate of Compliance for the 17th year in a row when the Texas Commission on Jail Standards conducted their annual inspection of the jail on March 13.

Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson said over the years an inspector may make recommendations of areas the staff may want to watch but the recommendations are not deficiencies in the jail but the person’s opinion.

“We are very fortunate with the staff we have,” Hodgkinson said. “They are very professional and take their jobs seriously. The jail goes above and beyond what the state requires.”

According to a press release, the Inspector, the facility has demonstrated that it is in compliance with Texas Minimum Jail Standards.

“It was this inspectors first time at our jail. When he met with the sheriff and the captain, he was overall impressed with the staff,” Hodgkinson said. “The employees make a difference.”

According to a letter to Sheriff Keith Merritt from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, the Certificate of Compliance demonstrates the outstanding leadership and diligent work of the Jail staff in complying with the minimum jail standards. In addition, this achievement is a direct result of the Office’s commitment to excellence and is an example of dedication and professionalism in maintaining a safe, secure, and sanitary facility.

Merritt congratulated and thanked the entire Jail staff for their hard work and dedication to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens according to a press release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Certain standards must be meet during an inspection including but not limited to the cleanliness of the facility, the records of the inmates, the infirmary area and the food service.

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