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.

Thanksgiving Holiday Jail Visitation Schedule

thanksgiving

The visitation for the Thanksgiving holiday week for both jail facilities will be as follows:

Monday 11/21- 8A to 8P letters A-M

Tuesday 11/22 8A to 8P letters N-Z

Wednesday 11/23 8A to 8P Solitary and keep away.

The same visitation rules will apply. Two 20 minute visitation periods per inmate.

If you have any questions, please call the Sheriff’s Office at (940)766-8170.

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.