WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) – Inmates are nonetheless being housed within the Wichita County Jail downtown. Sheriff’s deputies are hoping the Wichita County Legislation Enforcement Heart will carry a extra constructive outlook for inmates from the second they step out of the deputy’s automobile to how rapidly they’ll get booked and even how a lot freedom they’ll have within the services new housing pods.
“To have the employee in with the inmates helps us acknowledge if the inmate is struggling that day and perhaps wants some particular consideration,” mentioned William Rutledge, Sheriff Deputy of the Wichita County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Usually, Wichita County detention officers would spend their 12-hour shifts patrolling the halls and checking on inmates each hour. Now, these officers can be in the identical room because the inmates, it’s one thing new the county is making an attempt.
“A number of different businesses have used it and have been excellent success with it. So we’re actually enthusiastic about incorporating it into our facility,” mentioned Melvin Joyner Deputy of the Wichita County Sheriff’s Workplace.
The 188,000 sq. foot facility that Wichita County tax payers have spent $73 million on comes with an industrial kitchen, an infirmary and a a lot bigger reserving heart that may maintain 77 inmates as a substitute of the 22 the earlier facility in downtown Wichita Falls may handle.
“Our individuals will come out to get them after which ebook them in right here. After that, the officer is free to depart which was at all times an enormous problem,” mentioned Joyner.
Wichita County Sheriff’s Workplace officers mentioned they’ll home 185 inmates on this facility.
“Our pods are both 24 inmates, 48 inmates or 60 inmates,” mentioned Rutledge.
These serving time will even have entry to expertise to assist care for their authorized enterprise. Every pod additionally has it’s personal outside house on this new jail, one thing officers say has been a very long time coming.
“We’ll have extra alternatives as a result of it’s bigger and we’ll be capable of do some schooling stuff right here,” mentioned Joyner.
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