Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says he has been told that the county jail will flunk its recent inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The Sheriff has promoted veteran Capt. Avery Walker to Jail Administrator with the rank of Deputy Chief, and Walker is working to prepare a report on how the department plans to remedy the deficiencies and get the jail back into compliance.
“Chief Walker has impressed me to no end since assuming the role of Acting Jail Administrator on January 26th. Through the TCJS inspection, he displayed great leadership ability in swiftly orchestrating a plan to address the concerns raised. Chief Walker is reallocating resources as necessary, implementing policies and procedures, and looking at technology to overcome outdated practices which have been around since the mid 90’s," Salazar said.
Among the deficiencies spotted by TCJS during the inspection include problems with the intake and discharge process. Three inmates were 'mistakenly' released from the jail in December and January, which cost the previous jail administrator his job.
The inspectors also discovered problems in the jail exercise yard. Three accused killers briefly escaped from the jail recreation area last summer.
Salazar says he and Chief Walker have submitted their proposed solutions and a plan of action regarding the areas of concern to the TCJS.
PHOTO: Sheriff Salazar and Deputy Chief Walker. Courtesy Bexar County Sheriff's Office