MIDLAND, TEXAS (Big 2/ Fox 24)- From clogged toilets in certain cells to leaking showers, and even exposed wires in the kitchen The Midland County Jail has a lot of work to do in order to be in compliance with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
“We don’t like it and we’re going to get it fixed and we’re going to move forward,” says Interim Sheriff Richard Gillette.
He says a part of the problem is that “the jail is 30 years old now and maintenance issues are increasing and they are going to continue to increase as the jail gets older. We’ve been short-handed with our maintenance staff, we’ve been short a man for probably almost a year. You know you fix one drain or one leak and two more start somewhere else.”
After being put on a warning last year the Detention Center failed their walk through inspection on February 12th; now, Gillette is looking for other agencies to help clean up the mess.
“We’re getting some help now, County Facilities Department is going to help our Jail maintenance people plus we’ve got permission from Commissioners Court to hire professionals to come in professional plumbing companies.”
He says they have one year to make sure they fix everything noted in the report.
“We would like to do it much sooner, we’re hoping within a couple of months that we can get these issues resolved and get a reinspection and get past this, that’s the goal.”