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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2017 Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser

 

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The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Academy Alumni are hosting their annual fundraiser golf tournament on June 16th. Teams of 4 costing $100 per golfer. Each golfer gets a door prize, gift bag, round of golf, and two meals are included. Prizes for closest to the pin, long drive, and straightest drive. Registration starts at noon, 1pm shotgun start, and concludes with a 6pm dinner. Call 940-642-6670 or email golf@wcsocaa.org with your questions. You can preregister by printing and returning the form 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.

 

Sheriff’s Posse Holding Fundraiser for Officer in Need

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The Wichita County Sheriff’s Posse would like to invite you to a benefit lunch.  The event will be held on Thursday March 30 on the front lawn at Wichita County Court House located at 900 7th Street.  The event will run from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks available.  This event is to help out one of our own public servants.  John Little is an investigator with the Wichita County District Attorney’s Office and is currently battling cancer and is in great need of financial assistance.

Please help us help one of our own.  If you would like to donate to this event please contact Deputy Melvin Joyner at 940-716-8676 or Deputy Brien Conner at 940-716-8678.

Again, join us on Thursday, March 30 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on the front lawn at the Wichita County Courthouse for some great food and fellowship.

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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.

New Visitation Hours for Wichita County Detention Center

The Wichita County Detention Center has changed the visitation schedule and the hours it will be open for visits.  The new visitation schedule is 8 am to 8 pm. This 12 hour window creates more opportunity for family members to come and visit on the inmate’s assigned day.  The same rules apply to each visit in regards to time limit, required identification, and number of visits. This change only effects when the inmates may receive visits.  The new schedule becomes effective January 31, 2017.  This will give families enough time to plan for the change.

The new schedule is as follows:

Names A-L on Tuesdays 8am-8pm

Names M-Z on Wednesday 8am-8pm

Solitary and Keep Separate Inmates on Thursday 8am-8pm

If you have any questions about the new schedule please call the Sheriff’s Office at 940-766-8170.

Drug Busts Continue on Hwy 287

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On Thursday January 5, at approximately 4:10 pm, an Interdiction Deputy made a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 287 and Midway Church Road.  The 33-year-old male driver was placed under arrest.  He was transported to the Wichita County Detention Center and was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 2 over four grams under four hundred grams, Unlawful Carrying of Weapon and Possession of Marijuana over five pounds under fifty pounds.  Eight pounds of Marijuana and twenty grams of Hash Oil were seized.

Deputy Makes Large Meth Bust on Traffic Stop

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On Wednesday January 4, at approximately 1:25 am, Deputy Amanda Price made a traffic stop at the intersection of Polk and 10th Streets.  The 33-year-old female driver, Sara Marie Green and a 38-year-old male passenger, Donald Ray Flickinger, were placed under arrest.  They were transported to the Wichita County Detention Center and were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 over four grams under two hundred grams.  The driver was also charged with an outstanding warrant for Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG 1 under one gram.  16.8 grams of Methamphetamine and $399.05 in currency was seized.

Scam Alert in Wichita County

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Beware of a scam alert in Wichita Falls and surrounding areas.  A phone scam has been attempted by a person calling informing people they have missed a jury duty appearance or they have an arrest warrant with fines ranging from $500 to $949 is required as payment.  The

Wichita County Sheriff’s Office is NOT making these calls.  We want to inform citizens that no fine would be levied for a missed court appearance and arrest warrants are not presented in this manner.  If an individual is required to make payments ordered by a court, the payments are collected by our warrants and collections division at the courthouse.  In no way would the Sheriff’s Office or any court require money to be sent over the phone via Green Dot debit cards for payment. If you are contacted by this party, Do Not Give them any personal information or make Any type of transaction with them.