On Monday, an announcement surfaced regarding a recent failed inspection of the Coastal Bend Detention Center. Prison company LCS Corrections owns and operates the facility and contracts with the U.S. Marshals, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Border Patrol in order to maintain their largely immigrant inmate population.
The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) director Adan Muñoz explained,"I have to bring any remedial order before the [jail] commission, but this borders really close to complete incompetence" ("Robstown Prison Fails Inspection," Corpus Christi Caller-Times, September 21, 2009).
The inspection revealed a total of 17 compliance issues:
1. Inmate toilet and shower areas have insufficient privacy shields.
2. Jailers are not being trained properly for fire drills.
3. Jailers are not being trained properly in the use of air packs.
4. No documentation outlining generator testing or the transfer of the facility’s electric load at least once a month.
5. Inmates were not classified correctly.
6. Classification reviews were not conducted within 90 days of initial inmate custody assessments.
7. Classification workers didn’t receive the required four hours of training.
8. Internal classification audit logs were not kept.
9. No tuberculosis screening plan had been approved by the health department.
10. Twenty-four officers did not have a required jailer’s license or temporary jailer’s license.
11. Hourly face-to-face prisoner checks were not performed.
12. The facility did not meet the state mandated 1-to-48 jailer-to-inmate ratio.
13. Personnel did not conduct required contraband searches.