The Texas Commission on Jail Standards
Proposed Changes to Minimum Standards

The following proposed changes to Minimum Jail Standards (Texas Administrative Code Title 37) have been submitted to the Texas Register as submission 32 TexReg 1992 and submission 32 TexReg 1993:


269(4) Escape From Custody Report
(a) The Texas Commission on Jail Standards should shall be notified of all escapes from a facility within 24 hours of the escape.


259.138 Holding Cells
(b) Remote Holding Cells. Holding cells that are separate from the facility and utilized for direct court holding, processing, or for inmates awaiting transportation. Inmates shall not be held for more than 4 hours and the cell shall include the following features.
(1) Seating. A stationary bench or benches abutting the walls shall be provided. Benches shall be 17" to 19" above the finished floor, and not less than 12" wide. Seating shall be sufficient to provide not less than 18 linear inches per inmate at cell capacity.
(2) Plumbing. Cells shall be provided with adequate toilets, lavatories capable of providing drinking water, and floor drains. The floor shall be properly pitched to drains.
(3) Cell Size. The size of the cell shall be determined by the anticipated maximum number of inmates to be confined at any one time. Cells shall be constructed to house from one to 24 inmates and the capacity shall be determined by the amount of seating provided and posted at the exterior of the cell.
(4) Surfaces. Floor, wall, and ceiling material shall be durable and easily cleaned.
(5) Supervision. The cell shall be located and constructed to facilitate supervision of the cell area and to materially reduce noise.
(6) Smoke Detection. Smoke detection capability shall be provided. The alarm shall annunciate at a staffed location in close proximity to the cell. Additional life safety items shall be compatible with the remainder of the building.
(7) Audible Communication. Audible communications shall be provided.
(c) Remote Holding Cells. Holding cells that are separate from the facility and utilized for direct court holding, processing, or for inmates awaiting transportation. Inmates shall not be held for more than 8 hours and the cell shall include the following features.
(1) Seating. A stationary bench or benches abutting the walls shall be provided. Benches shall be 17" to 19" above the finished floor, and not less than 12" wide. Seating shall be sufficient to provide not less than 24 linear inches per inmate at cell capacity.
(2) Plumbing. Cells shall be provided with adequate toilets, lavatories capable of providing drinking water, and floor drains. The floor shall be properly pitched to drains.
(3) Cell Size. The size of the cell shall be determined by the anticipated maximum number of inmates to be confined at any one time. Cells shall be constructed to house from one to 24 inmates and shall contain not less than 40 square feet of floor space for the first inmate and 18 square feet of floor space for each additional inmate to be confined.
(4) Surfaces. Floor, wall, and ceiling material shall be durable and easily cleaned.
(5) Supervision. The cell shall be located and constructed to facilitate supervision of the cell area and to materially reduce noise.
(6) Smoke Detection. Smoke detection capability shall be provided. The alarm shall annunciate at a staffed location in close proximity to the cell. Additional life safety items shall be compatible with the remainder of the building.
(8) Audible Communication. Audible communications shall be provided.


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