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LCS's Coastal Bend Detention Center Moved to "At-Risk" Status

The Coastal Bend Detention Center, LCS Corrections' so-called "flagship facility," will be under extreme scrutiny over the next 90 days following a failed inspection and the unauthorized release of an inmate because of mistaken identity, which went unknown for three weeks. LCS hired Alberto Bravo as a new warden shortly before the failed inspection in hopes of changing the facility for the better and improving their standards. Bravo's work temporarily paid off as they passed their second round of inspections. However, shortly after passing the second inspection, they mistakenly released an inmate and did not realize what had happened for three weeks prior to the "escape."

Because of this, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards has defined the facility as being "at-risk," meaning over the next 90 days the TCJS will have full authority to conduct unannounced inspections at any day or time. If no citations are filed from the inspections over this time, then the facility will be taken off the list. If there are citations or failures found, then more actions will be taken, depending on the offenses. Warden Bravo in investigating the release, and has narrowed his focus to specific employees. He told the Caller-Times, “We are trying to narrow it down to where it happened,” Bravo said. “It was human error. The procedures we had in place, they failed to follow the procedures" ("Robstown prison faces unannounced inspections after inadvertant inmate release," The Corpus Christi Caller-Times, 18 December, 2009).

We will remain aware about the status of this facility and relay any information we find through these unannounced inspections.

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WORKING IN A PLACE LIKE THIS WAS WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED! I WAS SO EXITED TO BE A PART OF A TEAM! OR SO THEY CALLED US A TEAM THEN WE GET THIS CAPTAIN THAT THINKS HIS GOD!!!! WE CANT EVEN CRY OUT FOR HELP.THAT HE HAS PERMISSION TO TALK TO US HOWEVER HE WANTS BECAUSE HE IS BEING BACKED UP BY THE WARDEN AND THE MAJOR....BOTH WITH EXPIRIENCE AND THE MAJOR WITH OVER 13 YEARS OF TDCJ KNOW HOW. NEVER HAVE I SEEN A GROUP OF OFFICERS AND SUPERVISORS BE DEGRATED LIKE I HAVE IN THIS TIME I HAVE BEEN WITH THIS SO CALLED LCS-CBDS. WE GET CALLED STUPID, PENDEJOS, SMART ASSES AND WE GET TOLD EVERYDAY HOW WE ARE NOT NEEDED AND TO GET THE F#$K OUT OF THERE! CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHO I CAN TAKE THIS TO SO THAT I CAN SEE FOR MYSELF IF THIS TRUE!?

Listen I've been working for this facility for over a year now, all I can really say is that it's fucked up. Everything is unorganized, this recent incident was bound to happen sooner or later. There's not enough CO's to watch over these detainees, this place is understaffed and yet people are getting laid off left and right, the pay is dropping by 15%. Some of the correctional officers aren't weapon certified, some aren't even of age to carry a hand gun by law, yet "Warden BRAVO" is letting all this happen. This place doesn't meet jail standards, so why the hell is it still up and running?