TYLER — Smith County was awarded a certificate of compliance for receiving high marks in cleanliness and safety during its annual inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. Officials say the inspection was held on December 18. According to a county news release, Smith County passed its surprise inspection without any deficiencies in the more than 650 compliance areas checked. Those included cell cleanliness, secure lock systems, proper medical screening of prisoners, proper staff training, adequate shower and toilet facilities, and sanitary food preparation within the jail system.
“We are very proud to receive such a positive report. These results are a clear indication of how former Sheriff J.B. Smith left the department,” County Judge Joel Baker said. Judge Baker added that Smith County’s record of positive inspections is notable because it has been done with the added burden of transporting inmates in and out of the county due to overcrowding. The executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, Brandon Wood, said the certificate represents the outstanding leadership of the staff in complying with minimal jail standards.
According to the news release, newly elected Sheriff Larry Smith praised the hard work of the previous administration and said he looked forward to carrying on the tradition of excellence that has been established. “I look forward to working with the Commissioners Court and County officials to continue the superb work they have done to keep the Smith County jail running smooth and in compliance,” said Sheriff Smith.