ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KWES) - The Ector County Jail has been in non-compliance since February 16 when they received a letter listing out seven different items that did not align with Texas' minimum jail standards. The initial investigating began after a complaint was made by an inmate who was restrained for more than 25 hours in October.
"He was in an approved way of being handcuffed and shackled, while he was in a violent cell, but it was for a longer period of time than it should have been," said Sheriff Mark Donaldson.
Minimum jail standards require that restraints be removed from an inmate at the earliest possible time and should not exceed 24 hours. A rule Sheriff Donaldson says is already in place in his jail.
"People didn't follow the rules. They didn't follow what's put down on paper. What you're supposed to do. They didn't do it," said Donaldson.
The jail was required to send video and paperwork to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The inmate complaint sparked a special jail inspection leading to seven different items that put the jail in non-compliance.
"There were some bad things on camera that we weren't doing that they picked up on and that's why they put us in non-compliance," said Donaldson.
A letter was sent out listing out the various items that needed to be corrected within the jail. Some items include not providing a paper gown under the Mental Disabilities/Suicide Prevention Plan, not providing medical care while the inmate was in restraints for 25 hours and not documenting the need for restraints.
Sheriff Donaldson says they have already started correcting some issues and disciplining those involved. The jail has until March 16 to respond to the letter and fix the necessary issues in order to be put back in compliance.