2005 Facility Needs Analysis

In 2005 the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) performed a Facility Needs Analysis on the Wichita County Jail. Some of the highlights in this document from 12 years ago:

  • Wichita County currently operates at or above their current female capacity
  • the age and limited size of the intake and processing area could become costly for the county to maintain and staff intensive to operate
  • More specifically we recommend:
    • choose a site sufficient for growth
    • design a jail that is truly expandable
    • provide adequate service and support space in the initial design to allow for future expansion

In the past 12 years, the age and limited size of the intake and processing area, along with associated maintenance and staffing, has not changed. Nothing has addressed the fact that it is “not sufficient for a 625 bed jail.” None of the other items TCJS identified have resolved themselves either.

You can read the entire document below.

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Questions Related to Inmate Phone RFP

Several requests have been made for the deadline for submission to be extended. Unfortunately, this is not possible as such an act would require the approval of the Wichita County Commissioners’ Court and they do not meet prior to the deadline.

The RFP does not address how proprietary information will be protected, but requires a financial statement. As a privately held company, our financial statements are exempt from public disclosure. Could the County please confirm that, if information marked appropriately as confidential is sought for public disclosure, the County will not disclose such information, but will notify the proposer and allow a reasonable opportunity to defend the claim that such information is confidential and exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

We encourage any company to mark proprietary information as confidential. The county will comply with the Texas Open Records Act and submit any requests for information to the Attorney General as required. The proposer will be notified their information was requested and may make their arguments to the Attorney General’s Office.

LICENCES – PROPOSERS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A CURRENT BUSINESS LICENSE AT THE TIME RFP’S ARE SUBMITTED. RFP’S FROM VENDORS WITHOUT A CURRENT BUSINESS LICENSE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. It is the     proposer’s responsibility to determine if a Wichita County Business License is required.

Can you think of anything locally that I need to address?

We are not aware of any local requirements.

Page 7 Evaluation Criteria – it is understood that each of the six categories will receive a score of 1 to 10.  Is there any weighting difference or ranking between them?  In other words is any category more important to the county than another?

The six categories will be equally weighted.

Page 9 Length of Contract – this requirement speaks to the construction of a new jail facility.  Is this an addition to the existing jail?  If so how many beds are being added? A totally new facility?  If so, how many inmates will the new facility house? Bond election for May 2017?  Has county begun construction or are you awaiting bond results? When is the anticipated opening/population of the new jail?

 

The county is awaiting bond election results. If the bond election passes, one entirely new facility for all inmates would be constructed. Construction, planned opening dates, are contingent on the bond issue. The new facility would likely fall in between 650 – 750 bunks, not including a larger intake area.

Please confirm the type and quantity of telephone equipment (hardware) to be used in the proposed Inmate Telephone System.

Please confirm the # of locations that the Inmate Telephone System is currently in use.

Please provide the current inmate telephone system usage data and revenue data by call type for the period July, 2016 – Present.

Current actual count of phones and types. The RFP listed Visitation phones by station rather than handsets.

71 – inmate phones, including 2 booking phones
6 – Portable cart phones
70 – Visitation phones
2 – TTY phones

See Usage and revenue report here.

 

Make-Up Visitation

Female visitation on March 14, 2017 was cancelled due to a technical issue. This visitation period has been rescheduled for March 16, 2017 for the normal hours. Individuals turned away on Tuesday (the 14th) may return and complete their visit on Thursday (the 16th).

Changes to Jail Visitation Hours

The Wichita County Jail will be changing visitation hours on January 30, 2017. Effective that date, both jail facilities will offer visitation from 8 AM until 8 PM. Sign-up for visitation will end at 7:00 PM.

  • Last names starting with A through L visitation is on Tuesday.
  • Last names starting with M through Z visitation is on Wednesday.
  • Inmates in Solitary or on Keep Separate List visitation is on Thursday.

There will be NO VISITATION on January 30th, 2017. The first visitation period under the new policy will be on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

March 8, 2016 Jail Update

If you have a family member, friend, or client currently incarcerated in the Wichita County Jail, please call the Sheriff’s Office (766-8170) before showing up for visitation. Several inmates have been moved to nearby counties due to the closure of housing areas. These housing areas are likely to remain closed until the chances for rain pass this weekend.

Due to the increased attention on issues facing in the Wichita County Jail, and in light of the above, this short video taken today is a sample of another difficulty the county faces in housing prisoners in the Wichita County Jail Annex.

Jail Update

Due to the increased attention on issues facing in the Wichita County Jail, this is the first in a series of short updates to help inform Wichita County citizens about their jail.

This video from February 21, 2016, shows just one of the problems the jail faces when it comes to plumbing.

Hiring Patrol Deputies

The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking to fill Deputy Sheriff positions.

Interested applicants are invited to apply by submission of an application and completed personal history statement, by mail or in person, to:

David Duke, Sheriff
c/o Derrald Choate, Deputy Chief
900 7th St. Room 100
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Positions will remain open until filled.

Patrol Deputy Position Description

SALARY

$3,046.95 – $3,346.93/monthly

FLSA STATUS

Non-Exempt.

HOURS

Various shifts. Specific shift not determined until after hiring and completion of all initial training requirements.

JOB SUMMARY

The successful patrol deputy will maintain a good working relationship with the general public while enforcing law to promote the general safety and welfare of the public. The wide-ranging activities of a patrol deputy will include, but not be limited to: enforcing traffic laws, serving search warrants/subpoenas/civil papers, apprehending felons and misdemeanants, taking reports, providing traffic control and basic first aid among others. This position requires the deputy to be self-motivated and possess independent decision making skills.

The position involves frequent interaction with suspects, inmates, attorneys, other law enforcement officers, and the public. This position has been identified with possible risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens and/or other various hazards that require immunization against such exposure. Employees are frequently required to stand, walk, sit, run, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and smell. Deputies may find themselves in dangerous, life-threatening, or unusual situations at any time.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

This position receives daily supervision from either a Corporal, Sergeant, or Lieutenant. This position is responsible for following any order or direction from the chain of command as follows:

  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant
  • Deputy Chief
  • Chief Deputy
  • Sheriff

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  1. Provide preventative patrol in the unincorporated areas of Wichita County and enforce the law
  2. Respond to calls for service, assistance and law enforcement emergencies
  3. Take information on incidents and criminal actions and effectively disseminate that information
  4. Serve criminal and civil warrants, arrest law violators
  5. Perform any duties associated with being a licensed Texas Peace Officer
  6. Respond to crime scenes, secure the scene to protect life and prevent further criminal acts
  7. Take calls on demand, walk in reports, and telephone reports
  8. Additional duties as assigned

MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must have a minimum Basic Law Enforcement Certificate as dictated by the State of Texas
  • Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License with a good driving record
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be ready for 24 hour call out and be able to work extended hours under adverse conditions in extremely dangerous life threatening situations
  • Must be able to work any of the three shifts that cover WCSO operations 24 hours per day
  • Available for out of town trips at a moments notice for prisoner transportation
  • Must maintain a degree of physical fitness
  • Must maintain 40 hours minimum of training every two years

SELECTION GUIDELINES

Candidates for employment will be considered based upon: a formal application (current Wichita County Sheriff’s Office employees may submit a memorandum for consideration), rating of education and experience, prior work history, oral interview, and a reference check. The applicant may be required to take job related tests prior to selection. The final decision for this position is made by the Sheriff.