Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Commission on Jail Standards:

An Inventory of Commission on Jail Standards Records at the Texas State Archives, 1975-2008, bulk 1975-1992



Overview

Creator: Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
Title: Commission on Jail Standards records
Dates: 1975-2008
Dates: bulk 1975-1992
Abstract: The Texas Commission on Jail Standards sets rules and procedures establishing minimum standards for the construction, maintenance, and operation of county jails; for the custody, care, and treatment of prisoners; for the number of jail supervisory personnel; and for programs and services to meet the needs of prisoners. Records consist of correspondence, meeting and hearing files, reports, planning documents, and speeches. Dates covered are 1975-2008, bulk 1975-1992.
Quantity: 27.36 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards sets rules and procedures establishing minimum standards for the construction, maintenance, and operation of county jails; for the custody, care, and treatment of prisoners; for the number of jail supervisory personnel; and for programs and services to meet the needs of prisoners. The Commission also provides consultation and technical assistance to local officials; reviews and comments on plans for construction and major modification or renovation of jails; performs an annual juvenile justice survey to determine that juveniles have been removed from the county jails; inspects county jails yearly to determine compliance with standards; and reviews and comments on annual reports of county jails on jail conditions (submitted by county sheriffs or county commissioners to the Commission). When the Commission determines minimum standards are not met in a jail, it informs the county sheriff and county commissioners and sets a time period (usually a year) to have the situation corrected. The sheriff or county commissioners can apply to the Commission for a variance in the standards. When county jails are found noncompliant and the problems are not corrected, the Commission has the authority to shut down a jail and require the transfer of prisoners to an acceptable detention facility.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards was created by House Bill 272, 64th Legislature, Regular Session, 1975. The Commission is composed of nine members, appointed to six-year overlapping terms by the Governor with concurrence of the Senate. Two members are to be county sheriffs, one must be a county judge, one a licensed medical practitioner, one a county commissioner, and four members are citizens not holding public office. The Governor designates the chairperson. An Executive Director, appointed by the Commission, serves as the administrative officer of the Commission.

Several duties have been added to the Commission. In 1991, the Texas Legislature added paying counties that hold convicted state felons due to state prison overcrowding (Senate Bill 1596, 72nd Legislature, Regular Session) to the responsibilities of the Commission. The counties are required to submit monthly reports listing the number and types of prisoners in the county jails. The Legislature, in 1993, directed the Commission to assist the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with the newly formed State Jail Program by providing consultation and technical assistance (Senate Bill 532, 73rd Legislature, Regular Session). Also in 1993, the Commission began working with the Texas Council on Offenders with Mental Impairment and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education to develop rules and procedures for the care of the mentally ill, physically disabled, terminally or seriously ill, or elderly inmates. In 1994, the Commission was directed to develop rules and procedures for tuberculosis screening in jails.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, various editions and the agency's records.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards sets rules and procedures establishing minimum standards for the construction, maintenance, and operation of county jails; for the custody, care, and treatment of prisoners; for the number of jail supervisory personnel; and for programs and services to meet the needs of prisoners. Records of the Commission on Jail Standards consist of correspondence, meeting and hearing files, reports, planning documents, and speeches. Dates covered are 1975-2008, bulk 1975-1992. Topics include writing the standards for county jails, issuing and revising rules, jail construction, care and treatment of prisoners, jail overcrowding, juvenile offenders, payments for housing felons in county jails, training and technical assistance to local officials, county compliance issues, and the state jail program.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into four series and three subseries by State Archives staff:
Minutes and meeting files, 1976-2008, 17.24 cubic ft.
Administrative correspondence, 1975-1996, bulk 1984-1992, 9.65 cubic ft.
  • Administrative correspondence, 1976, 1983-1996, 6.11 cubic ft.
  • Commissioner's files, 1976-1992, 0.94 cubic ft.
  • Municipal jails project, 1975, 1977-1985, 2.6 cubic ft.
Speeches, 1992-1993, fractional
Public hearing files, 1976, 0.47 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records. This restriction applies to the series Administrative Correspondence, Commissioner's files.

Materials housed in the State Archives do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Jails--Texas.
Jails--Texas--State supervision.
Jails--Standards--Texas.
Prisoners--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Jails--1976-2008.
Agendas--Texas--Jails--1975-2008.
Reports--Texas--Jails--1975-1997.
Application forms--Texas--Jails--1976-1997.
Decisions--Texas--Jails--1976-1994.
Correspondence--Texas--Jails--1975-1997.
Transcripts--Texas--Jails--1976-1978.
Memorandums--Texas--Jails--1975, 1977-1997.
Standards (concepts)--Texas--Jails--1975, 1977-1985.
Newsletters--Texas--Jails--1975, 1977-1985.
Photographs--Texas--Jails--1976-1992.
Speeches--Texas--Jails--1992-1993.
Functions:
Regulating jails.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Punishment Standards Commission records, 1983, 1986-1993, bulk 1989-1993, 6.89 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Commission on Jail Standards records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1990/021, 1996/023, 1996/031, 1996/111, 1996/117, 1997/012, 1997/092, 1998/011, 1999/002, 1999/004, 2000/010, 2000/120, 2000/145, 2001/022, 2002/028, 2003/028, 2004/013, 2004/162, 2005/010, 2006/003, 2007/049 and 2008/006

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Legislative Reference Library on March 19, 1987; and by The Texas Commission on Jail Standards on October 25, 1989; October, 1995; December 5, 1995; May 24, June 26, and September 23, 1996; September 25, 1997; September 11 and September 20, 1998; September 15, 1999; February 28, April 28, and October 2, 2000; October 1, 2001; October 17, 2002; September 12, 2003; September 13, 2004; September 7, 2005; October 26, 2006; and September 7, 2007; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on June 8, 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura K. Saegert, November 1996

Additional minutes added by Laura K. Saegert, April 1997, October 1997

Hearing files and additional minutes added by Laura K. Saegert, October 1998

Additonal minutes added by Laura K. Saegert, October 1999

Additional minutes and correspondence added by Laura K. Saegert, November 2000

Corrections and further encoding to TARO project standards and additional minutes added by Laura K. Saegert, December 2001

Additional minutes added by Laura K. Saegert, October 2002

Finding aid converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by TARO using the conversion stylesheet v1to02.xsl, July 2003

Additional minutes added by Laura K. Saegert, September 2004

Additional minutes added and DACS compliance by Laura K. Saegert, October 2006

Additonal minutes added by Laura K. Saegert, September 2008

Appraisal Information

These records were appraised by the State Archives staff as archival on January 23, 1996 as part of an agency-wide appraisal of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards records. For more information about the appraisal of the Commission on Jail Standards records, see the appraisal report done by State Archives staff on file in the search room of the Archives and Information Services Division . It can also be found on the website of the Texas State Library at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/jailstds.html.

Accruals

Minutes and agenda are transferred to the State Archives shortly after each meeting. Meeting files are transferred every four to five years.

Other Formats for the Records

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards mounts an electronic copy of minutes from its most recent meeting on the agency web site ( http://www.tcjs.state.tx.us/index.php?linkID=130).

Location of Originals

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards maintains the record copy of the minutes.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Minutes and meeting files, 1976-2008,
17.24 cubic ft.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards sets rules and procedures establishing minimum standards for the construction, maintenance, and operation of county jails; for the custody, care, and treatment of prisoners; for the number of jail supervisory personnel; and for programs and services to meet the needs of prisoners. This series consists of minutes and meeting files of the Texas Commission of Jail Standards, which usually include the agenda, minutes, the director's report, variance applications and decisions, reports and studies, and correspondence. Dates covered are 1976-2008. Files dating from 1976 to 1982 also include the meeting files of Commission subcommittees -- the Life Safety Subcommittee and the Variance Request Subcommittee. Actions taken at the meetings include deciding on variance applications, issuing or revising rules, discussing and taking appropriate action regarding jail inspections, jail construction, administrative hearings, budget concerns, training activities, the juvenile justice survey, mental health issues, and jail population. Correspondents primarily include the executive director, other staff, county sheriffs and other local officials, and the Attorney General's Office.
Files through 1997 include meeting files, files from 1998 to 2004 contain only minutes and agenda. Meeting files after January 1996 do not have minutes of the current meeting, only the previous meeting. Minutes and agenda for 1996 and 1997 are filed separately. Copies of the minutes and agenda are sent to the Archives within a few weeks after the meetings. Meeting files are transferred in multi-year batches, about every four to five years.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically by the date of the meeting, as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Minutes and meeting files, Texas Commission on Jail Standards records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1990/021, 1996/023, 1996/031, 1997/012, 1997/092, 1998/011, 1999/002, 1999/004, 2000/010, 2000/145, 2001/022, 2002/028, 2003/028, 2004/013, 2004/162, 2005/010, 2006/003, 2007/049, 2008/006
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Legislative Reference Library on March 19, 1987; and by The Texas Commission on Jail Standards on October 25, 1989; October, 1995; December 5, 1995; September 23, 1996; September 25, 1997; September 11 and September 20, 1998; September 15, 1999; April 28 and October 2, 2000; October 1, 2001; October 17, 2002; September 12, 2003; September 13, 2004; September 7, 2005; October 26, 2006; and September 7, 2007; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on June 8, 2004.
Processing Information
Processed by Laura K. Saegert, November 1996
Additional minutes added by Laura K. Saegert, April 1997, October 1997, October 1998, October 1999, November 2000
Corrections and further encoding to TARO project standards and additional minutes added by Laura K. Saegert, December 2001
Additional minutes added by Laura K. Saegert, October 2002
Finding aid converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by TARO using the conversion stylesheet v1to02.xsl, July 2003
Additional minutes added by Laura K. Saegert, September 2004
Additional minutes added and DACS compliance by DACS standards by Laura K. Saegert, October 2006
Additional minutes added by Laura K. Saegert, September 2008
Box
1990/021-1 Minutes and agenda, July-December 1976
Minutes and agenda, February 2, 1977
Meeting transcripts, February 2, 1977
Meeting files, February 2, 1977
Minutes and agenda, March 15, 1977
Meeting transcripts, March 15, 1977
Meeting files, March 15, 1977
Minutes and agenda, June 13, 1977
Meeting transcripts, June 13, 1977
Meeting files, June 13, 1977
[2 folders]
Minutes and agenda, August 2, 1977
Meeting transcripts, August 2, 1977
[2 folders]
Box
1990/021-2 Meeting transcripts, August 2, 1977
Meeting files, August 2, 1977
[2 folders]
Minutes and agenda, September 28, 1977
Meeting transcripts, September 28, 1977
Meeting files, September 28, 1977
Life Safety Subcommittee, meeting transcripts, October 5, 1977
Variance Request Subcommittee, minutes and meeting transcripts, November 29, 1977
Variance Request Subcommittee, meeting files, November 29, 1977
Box
1990/021-3 Variance Request Subcommittee, meeting files, November 29, 1977
[2 folders]
Minutes and agenda, December 19, 1977
Meeting transcripts, December 19, 1977
Meeting files, December 19, 1977
[4 folders]
Box
1990/021-4 Meeting files, December 19, 1977
[2 folders]
Variance Request Subcommittee, minutes and meeting transcripts, February 8, 1978
Variance Request Subcommittee, meeting files, February 8, 1978
[3 folders]
Minutes and agenda, March 3, 1878
Meeting files, March 3, 1978
[3 folders]
Box
1990/021-5 Meeting files, March 3, 1978
[2 folders]
Minutes and meeting files, April 5, 1978
[2 folders]
Minutes and agenda, June 28, 1978
Meeting transcripts, June 28, 1978
Meeting files, June 28, 1978
[5 folders]
Box
1990/021-6 Meeting transcripts, August 23, 1978
Meeting files, August 23, 1978
[3 folders]
Meeting transcripts, October 25, 1978
Minutes and meetings files:
October 25, 1978
[2 folders]
December 14, 1978
[2 folders]
February 28, 1979
[2 folders]
Box
1990/021-7 April 25, 1979
[2 folders]
June 23, 1979
[3 folders]
September 5, 1979
[2 folders]
October 24, 1979
[2 folders]
Box
1990/021-8 December 12, 1979
[3 folders]
February 27, 1980
[4 folders]
April 23, 1980
[2 folders]
Box
1990/021-9 April 23, 1980
[2 folders]
July 2, 1980
[4 folders]
August 15, 1980
[4 folders]
Box
1990/021-10 October 22, 1980
[4 folders]
December 10, 1980
[2 folders]
February 25, 1981
[3 folders]
April 22, 1981
[3 folders]
Box
1990/021-11 June 24, 1981
[3 folders]
August 26, 1981
[2 folders]
October 28, 1981
[3 folders]
December 16, 1981
[2 folders]
Box
1990/021-12 February 24, 1982
[3 folders]
April 28, 1982
[4 folders]
May 28, 1982
June 23, 1982
Box
1990/021-13 August 25, 1982
[2 folders]
October 27, 1982
[2 folders]
December 15, 1982
[2 folders]
January 26, 1983
March 23, 1983
[2 folders]
May 25, 1983
Box
1990/021-14 July 20, 1983
September 29, 1983
[3 folders]
November 30, 1983
[3 folders]
January 25, 1984
[2 folders]
Box
1990/021-15 March 28, 1984
[2 folders]
May 23, 1984
July 25, 1984
[2 folders]
September 26, 1984
[2 folders]
November 28, 1984
[2 folders]
January 23, 1985
March 27, 1985
Box
1990/021-16 May 22, 1985
July 24, 1985
[2 folders]
September 25, 1985
[2 folders]
November 20, 1985
January 22, 1986
[2 folders]
March 26, 1986
[3 folders]
Box
1990/021-17 May 28, 1986
[2 folders]
July 23, 1986
[3 folders]
September 24, 1986
[2 folders]
December 3, 1986
[4 folders]
Box
1990/021-18 March 25, 1987
[3 folders]
May 27, 1987
July 29, 1987
[2 folders]
September 23, 1987
[3 folders]
Box
1990/021-19 November 18, 1987
[2 folders]
January 20, 1988
[2 folders]
March 23, 1988
May 25, 1988
[2 folders]
July 20, 1988
[2 folders]
September 28, 1988
[2 folders]
Box
1990/021-20 November 16, 1988
[2 folders]
January 25, 1989
[2 folders]
March 29, 1989
[3 folders]
May 24, 1989
[2 folders]
July 19, 1989
[3 folders]
Box
1990/021-21 September 27, 1989
[3 folders]
November 15, 1989
[3 folders]
Box
2000/145-1 January 24, 1990
[3 folders]
March 28, 1990
[3 folders]
May 23, 1990
[4 folders]
Box
2000/145-2 July 25, 1990
[2 folders]
September 26, 1990
[4 folders]
November 28, 1990
[3 folders]
January 23, 1991
[3 folders]
Box
2000/145-3 March 27, 1991
[2 folders]
May 22, 1991
[3 folders]
Correspondence re: meeting, May 22, 1991
July 24, 1991
[3 folders]
September 25, 1991
[2 folders]
Box
2000/145-4 Minutes, orientation workshop, November 19, 1991
Minutes and meeting files:
November 20, 1991
[2 folders]
December 13, 1991
January 22, 1992
[3 folders]
March 25, 1992
[4 folders]
Box
2000/145-5 May 27, 1992
[3 folders]
July 29, 1992
[3 folders]
September 23, 1992
[3 folders]
Box
2000/145-6 Orientation workshop, November 17, 1992
November 18, 1992
[3 folders]
January 27, 1993
[3 folders]
March 24, 1993
[4 folders]
Box
2000/145-7 May 26, 1993
[7 folders]
July 22, 1993
[6 folders]
Box
2000/145-8 September 20-21, 1993
[4 folders]
November 17-18, 1993
[5 folders]
December 16, 1993
January 27-28, 1994
[3 folders]
Box
2000/145-9 March 24-25, 1994
[5 folders]
April 13, 1994
May 26, 1994
[4 folders]
July 27-28, 1994
[4 folders]
Box
2000/145-10 September 22, 1994
[4 folders]
November 18, 1994
[2 folders]
January 27, 1995
[2 folders]
March 24, 1995
[3 folders]
Box
1997/092-1 May 26, 1995
July 28, 1995
September 29, 1995
December 1, 1995
January 26, 1996
Minutes and agenda:
April-May 1996
July-December 1996
January-August 1997
September-December 1997
Box
2004/162-1 Meeting files:
April 1996
[3 folders]
May 1996
[2 folders]
July 1996
[3 folders]
September 1996
[4 folders]
November 1996
[4 folders]
January 1997
[3 folders]
Box
2004/162-2 March 1997
[2 folders]
May 1997
[2 folders]
August 1997
[2 folders]
September 4, 1997
September 25, 1997
[4 folders]
December 1997
[3 folders]
Minutes and agenda:
Box
1997/092-1 January-May 1998
July-December 1998
January-June 1999
July-December 1999
Box
2000/010-1 January-June 2000
August-December 2000
January-June 2001
August-December 2001
February-June 2002
August-December 2002
February-May 2003
August-November 2003
February-May 2004
August-November 2004
February-May 2005
August-November 2005
February-May 2006
August-November 2006
Box
2007/049 February-May 2007
August-November 2007
February-May 2008
August 2008



 

Administrative correspondence, 1975-1996, bulk 1984-1992,
9.65 cubic ft.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards sets rules and procedures establishing minimum standards for the construction, maintenance, and operation of county jails; for the custody, care, and treatment of prisoners; for the number of jail supervisory personnel; and for programs and services to meet the needs of prisoners. This series consists of correspondence of the Commission on Jail Standards, generally between the executive director or other agency staff and state agencies, local officials, professional associations, and the general public. Other types of documents present include memorandums, minimum jail standards, drafts of proposed rules and standards, reports, newsletters and other publications, questionnaires, meeting agendas, conference programs, photographs of commission members, and training materials. Dates covered are 1975-1996, bulk 1984-1992. Topics covered include creating and changing standards for county jails, planning and remodeling county jails, care and treatment of prisoners, jail overcrowding, juvenile offenders, payments for housing felons in county jails, training and technical assistance to local officials, the state jail program, and the establishment of voluntary standards for municipal jails. One topic of particular interest in the late 1980s-1990s concerns the jail crowding problems present in the state prisons and county jails during this period. Because of overcrowding in the state prisons, counties were often required to house more prisoners than usual for a longer period of time, including state felons.
Issues relating to county compliance with jail standards are found in another series, Correspondence - County. This latter series is not archival. The files are retained by the Commission on Jail Standards for three years.
Organization:
These records are organized into three subseries by State Archives staff:
Administrative correspondence, 1976, 1983-1996, 6.11 cubic ft.
Commissioner's files, 1976-1992, 0.94 cubic ft.
Municipal jails project, 1975, 1977-1985, 2.6 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the subseries), Administrative correspondence, Texas Commission on Jail Standards records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1996/111, 2000/120
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by The Texas Commission on Jail Standards on May 24, 1996 and February 28, 2000.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Processing Information
Laura K. Saegert, November 1996
Addtional correspondence added by Laura K. Saegert, November 2000
Administrative correspondence, 1976, 1983-1996
6.11 cubic ft.
This series contains correspondence of the Commission on Jail Standards with state agencies, associations, county officials, other local officials, a few federal agencies, and the general public, dating 1976, 1983-1996. The folders titled "Memorandums" document transactions between the executive director and the commissioners or other staff, most concerning upcoming items for discussion at the commission meetings. Topics covered include creating and changing standards for county jails, planning and remodeling county jails, care and treatment of prisoners, jail overcrowding, juvenile offenders, payments for housing felons in county jails, training and technical assistance to local officials, and the state jail program. Beginning in 1993, only memorandums and multiple addressees sets of correspondence are present. Correspondence with county sheriffs, other local officials, the Attorney General, and others is also present in the meeting files, especially in the mid 1980s-mid 1990s.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by State Archives staff in three groups: miscellaneous administrative correspondence, 1976, 1983-1992; miscellaneous administrative correspondence, 1993-1996; and state agency correspondence, 1984-1992 (includes one federal agency). Within the first and last groups the files are in alphabetical order, then in reverse chronological order within the folders. Files in the second group are arranged chronologically by year, then in reverse chronological order within each year.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Administrative correspondence, Texas Commission on Jail Standards records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1996/111
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by The Texas Commission on Jail Standards on May 24, 1996.
Processing Information
Processed by Laura K. Saegert, November 1996
Miscellaneous administrative correspondence, 1976, 1983-1992
Box
1996/117-1 A.C.I.U., 1986
AIDS file:
April 1990-September 1991
January 1989-February 1990
May-December 1988
February-April 1988
American Correctional Association, 1988-1990
American Correctional Association, November 1986
Texas Chief Deputies Association, 1990
CURE (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants), 1990-1991
CURE (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants), 1987-1989
Administrative correspondence:
A, 1990-1992
A, 1987-1989
B, 1989-1992
B, 1987-1988
C, 1991-1992
C, 1990
C, 1987-1989
Box
1996/117-2 D, 1990-1992
D, 1987-1989
E, 1987-1992
F, 1987-1992
G, 1987-1992
H, 1990-1992
H, 1987-1989
I, 1987, 1990-1991
J, 1987-1992
K, 1987-1992
L, 1987-1992
Messages, memos, 1990
M, November 1988-1990
M, January-October 1988
M, 1987
Mc, 1987-1989
N, 1990-1992
N, 1988-1989
N, 1987
Box
1996/117-3 O, 1989-1990, 1992
O, 1988
O, 1987
P, 1989-1992
P, 1987-1988
Q, 1991
R, 1987-1990, 1992
S, 1991-1992
S, 1990
S, 1989
S, July 1987-1988
S, January-June 1987
T, 1990-1992
T, 1989
T, 1987-1988
U-V, 1987-1992
W, 1987-1992
X, Y, Z, 1992
Box
1996/117-4 Educational Subcommittee, 1990-1991
Enforcement/compliance:
1990-1992
May 1987-December 1989
January 1985-April 1987
FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), 1986
Juveniles removed from jails:
December 1984-February 1986
October 1983-October 1984
February-March 1983
Lonergan report, 1984
Mentally Retarded Offenders Program, 1988
Memoranda:
August-December 1992
January-August 1992
August-December 1991
January-July 1991
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
Box
1996/117-5 Moyer statement, 1987
Multiple addressees:
September-December, 1992
July-August 1992
April-June 1992
March-April 1992
January-February 1992
November-December 1991
July-October 1991
January-June 1991
September-December 1990
August-September 1990
January-July 1990
October-December 1989
May-September 1989
January-April 1989
July-December 1988
January-June 1988
Box
1996/117-6 March-December 1987
January-February 1987
1986
1985
Sheriffs' Association of Texas, 1987-1994
Sheriffs' Association of Texas, 1985-1986
Standards development hearings, 1976
Texas Association of Counties, 1992
Texas Minimum Jail Standards Workbook, 1983, 1988
Miscellaneous administrative correspondence, 1993-1996
Box
2000/120-1 Memoranda:
December 1993
July-November 1993
March-June 1993
January-February 1993
December 1994
September 1994
July-August 1994
June 1994
April-May 1994
March 1994
January-February 1994
October-December 1995
July-September 1995
March-April 1995
January-February 1995
November-December 1996
October 1996
July-September 1996
March-June 1996
January-February 1996
Multiple addressees:
November-December 1993
August-October 1993
Box
2000/120-2 June-July 1993
April-May 1993
January-March 1993
November-December 1994
September-October 1994
August 1994
July 1994
May-June 1994
March-April 1994
February 1994
January 1994
October-December 1995
August-September 1995
May-July 1995
February-April 1995
January 1995
November-December 1996
August-October 1996
May-July 1996
March-April 1996
January-February 1996
State agency correspondence, 1984-1992
Box
1996/117-6 Attorney General's Office:
July-December 1992
March-June 1992
January-February 1992
October-December 1991
January-September 1991
August-December 1990
January-July 1990
June-December 1989
January-May 1989
Box
1996/117-7 1988
1987
1986
1985
Community correctional facility, 1989-1991
Criminal Justice Division (Governor's Office), July 1988-February 1992
Criminal Justice Division (Governor's Office), March 1985-May 1988
Criminal Justice Policy Council:
1992
1989
1985-1988
Governor's Commission for Women, State agency liaisons:
March 1990-July 1991
June 1989-January 1990
October 1988-March 1989
Governor's Office:
June-December 1992
January-May 1992
1991
1990
1989
Box
1996/117-8 1988
1987
1986
1985
1981-1982
Legislative Budget Board:
1991-1992
1987-1990
1985-1986
Lieutenant Governor's Office, 1985, 1992
House of Representatives:
1992
1990-1991
1985-1989
Board of Insurance, Fire Marshal, 1984-1987, 1989, 1991
Miscellaneous state agencies:
October-December 1992
July-September 1992
January-June 1992
June-December 1991
April-May 1991
Box
1996/117-9 March 1991
January-February 1991
July-December 1990
January-June 1990
September-December 1989
May-August 1989
January-March 1989
November-December 1988
June-October 1988
January-May 1988
April-December 1987
January-March 1987
August-December 1986
January-July 1986
1984-1985
Box
1996/117-10 National Institute of Corrections (U.S. Dept. of Justice):
1990-1992
1988-1989
1985-1987
Office of Youth Care Investigations (Attorney General, formerly Governor's Office), 1984-1987
Sam Houston State University, Criminal Justice Center:
1989-1992
1987-1988
1985-1986
Senate:
1992
1988-1992
1987
1986
1985
Box
1996/117-11 1984
State Office of Administrative Hearings, 1992
State Purchasing and General Services, 1985-1991
TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education), 1990-1992
TCLEOSE, 1984-1989
Texas Department of Criminal Justice:
September-December 1992
June-August 1992
February-May 1992
January-February 1992
August 1990-December 1991
Commissioner's files, 1976-1992,
0.94 cubic ft.
This series contains correspondence between the executive director of the Commission on Jail Standards and the commissioners, individual photographs of the commissioners, welcome letters, resumes, and resolutions. Some files contain reports on issues pertinent during the commissioners' service. Dates covered are 1976-1992. Photographs of the commissioners have been removed and transferred to the Prints and Photographs collection. Their new call number is noted in each folder. Files for the current commissioners are in the offices of the Commission on Jail Standards.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically, then in reverse chronological order, as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Commissioner's files, Texas Commission on Jail Standards records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1996/111
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by The Texas Commission on Jail Standards on May 24, 1996.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Processing Information
Processed by Laura K. Saegert, November 1996
Box
1996/117-12 T.L. Baker, Potter County, 1976-1979, 1984-1985
Albert Bustamante, Bexar County, 1979-1984
Dr. Hanes H. Brindley, Temple, 1976-1987
Gayle R. Carden, Greenville, 1976-1984
Tex Corley, Amarillo, 1987-1991
Joe Corley, Montgomery County, 1985-1991
Mary E. (Amber) Cree, Abilene, 1981-1990
Roy English, Tarrant County, 1987-1990
Fidencio G. Garza, Brooks County, 1976-1980, 1984
James D. Goode, Christoval, 1978-1988
James Greenwood, III, Houston:
1978-1990
September-December 1977
November 1976-December 1977
June-October 1976
January-June 1976
Jack Heard, Harris County, 1976-1984
Johnny Klevehagen, Harris County, 1985-1991
Box
1996/117-13 Mrs. Pat Newhouse, Honeygrove, 1983-1989
Steve Suttle, Abilene:
1979-1985, 1990
September-December 1978
July 1976-August 1978
Judge Pat O'Rourke, El Paso County, 1983-1986
Roy Lee Orr, Desoto, 1986-1991
Andy J. McMullen, Hamilton, 1978-1985, 1990
Ronald L. Ramey, Houston, 1979-1986, 1991
Dallas R. Smith, Midland, 1979-1984
Florence Shapiro, Plano, 1989, 1992
Fred Tinsely, Dallas, 1983-1986
R.J. "Bob" Uhr, New Braunfels, 1989-1991
R.J. "Bob" Uhr, New Braunfels, 1976-1988
Robert D. Viterna, 1979
David H. Youngblood, San Antonio:
July 1977-December 1978, 1984
July 1976-June 1977
March-June 1976
Miscellaneous commission member information, 1979-1984
Municipal jails correspondence, 1975, 1977-1985,
2.6 cubic ft.
These files contain standards from municipal jails in other states, the results of a survey of the existing conditions in Texas municipal jails, correspondence with local officials and legislators regarding the standards, technical assistance available to the officials, reports, and the standards developed for municipal jails by the Commission on Jail Standards. Dates covered are 1975, 1977-1985.
In 1983, the Legislature directed the Commission on Jail Standards to develop voluntary standards for municipal jails, House Concurrent Resolution 247, 68th Legislature, Regular Session. The Commission was to do a census of jails in municipalities, inspect them, and develop a set of standards for such jails and present them to the Legislature in 1985. A bill was presented to the Legislature to adopt the standards, but it was not approved. The Commission therefore does not have authority over municipal jail standards but does provide technical assistance where possible.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received from the agency into two groups, municipal jail standards from other states, and municipal jails files. Materials within the folders are arranged in reverse chronological order.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Municipal jails correspondence, Texas Commission on Jail Standards records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1996/111
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by The Texas Commission on Jail Standards, May 24, 1996.
Processing Information
Processed by Laura K. Saegert, November 1996
Municipal jail standards from other states
Box
1996/117-14 Alabama, 1984
Alaska, 1982-1983
Arkansas, 1975, 1983
California, 1979, 1982
Colorado [empty folder]
Delaware, 1983
Florida, 1983
Hawaii, 1983
Idaho, 1983
Illinois, 1980, 1983
Indiana, 1981, 1983
Iowa, about 1983
Kansas, about 1983
Kentucky, 1983
Maine, 1982-1983
Maryland, 1982-1983
Massachusetts, about 1983
Michigan, 1975, 1981, 1984
Minnesota, about 1983
Mississippi, 1983
Montana, about 1984
Box
1996/117-15 Nebraska, 1983
New Jersey, 1983
New Mexico, 1981, 1983
New York, 1979, 1983
North Carolina, 1981-1983
North Dakota, 1981
Ohio, 1982-1983
Oklahoma, 1982
Oregon, 1979
Pennsylvania, about 1983
Rhode Island, 1983
South Dakota [empty folder]
Utah, about 1983
Vermont, 1982-1983
Washington, 1982-1983
West Virginia [empty folder]
Wisconsin, about 1983
Municipal jails - other states, 1984
Municipal jails files
Box
1996/117-15 Municipal jails - miscellaneous correspondence:
about 1981-1983
1981
1978-1980
Memos, city jails, 1987-1988
Box
1996/117-16 Municipal jails - memorandum, August 1984-October 1989
Municipal jails - memorandum, November 1983-July 1984
Municipal jails - correspondence (in), July 1984-March 1991
Municipal jails - correspondence (in), December 1983-June 1984
Municipal jails - correspondence (out):
1987-1991
July 1985-November 1986
January-June 1985
1981-1984
Municipal jails, complaints, 1984-1986
Municipal jails, complaints, 1977-1983
City jails - technical assistance or inquiries:
1981-1983
1979-1980
1978-1979
1977-1978
Municipal jails - Task Force, 1983-1985
Municipal jails - public hearing schedule, 1984
Box
1996/117-17 Municipal hearings minutes, 1984
Public hearing documents:
1985
September-October 1984
July-August 1984
June-July 1984
November 1983-June 1984
about 1983-1984
Municipal jails, newspaper clippings, hearings, 1984
Municipal jails, newspaper clippings, general, 1983-1986
Municipal jails, originals, about 1984
Miscellaneous municipal jails information, composite of findings, about 1984
Miscellaneous municipal jails information (jail survey and related materials):
1984-1985
about 1983-1984
about 1983-1984
Municipal jails, survey information, about 1984
Box
1996/117-18 Municipal jails, original report to the Legislature, 1984
[3 folders]
Municipal jails, Article 5115, 1977
Municipal jails, miscellaneous:
1983-1985
1977, 1983-1985
1984
1980, 1983-1984
Municipal jails, copies of proposed standards, [1984]
Municipal jails standards, 1984
Municipal jails, assistance requests, 1983-1984
Municipal jails, Senate hearing notes, 1985
Municipal jails, detention update, 1979-1985
Box
1996/117-19 Benbrook police station and jail facility, 1986
Webster police station project manual, 1986



 

Speeches, 1992-1993,
fractional

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards sets rules and procedures establishing minimum standards for the construction, maintenance, and operation of county jails; for the custody, care, and treatment of prisoners; for the number of jail supervisory personnel; and for programs and services to meet the needs of prisoners. This series consists of speeches given at various functions by Executive Director of the Texas Commission of Jail Standards, Jack Crump, dating 1992-1993. Topics covered include jails in Texas, jail capacities, and overcrowding.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically by date of speech by State Archives staff.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Speeches, Texas Commission on Jail Standards records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1996/117
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by The Texas Commission on Jail Standards on June 26, 1996.
Processing Information
Processed by Laura K. Saegert, November 1996
Box
1996/117-19 Speeches, Jack E. Crump, 1992-1993



 

Public hearing files, 1976,
0.5 cubic ft.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards sets rules and procedures establishing minimum standards for the construction, maintenance, and operation of county jails; for the custody, care, and treatment of prisoners; for the number of jail supervisory personnel; and for programs and services to meet the needs of prisoners. These are transcripts of public hearings held across the state in 1976 by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards to solicit input on what should be involved in writing the standards for regulating Texas county jails. All records date to 1976. Comments were received from state officials, state agencies, county officials, law enforcement officials, and the general public. Also present are minutes from the hearings, some incoming letters to the Commission from officials and others offering comments on various aspects of jail operation and regulation, and attendance rosters listing people attending the hearings.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically by the date of the hearing as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Public hearing files, Texas Commission on Jail Standards records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1999/004
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by The Texas Commission on Jail Standards on September 20, 1998.
Processing Information
Processed by Laura K. Saegert, October 1998
Box
1999/004-1 Houston hearings, September 16, 1976
San Antonio hearing, September 17, 1976
Dallas hearing, September 28, 1976
Amarillo hearing, September 29, 1976
El Paso hearing, September 30, 1976
McAllen hearing, November 9, 1976
Houston hearing, November 10, 1976
Lubbock hearing, November 22, 1976
Fort Worth hearing, November 22, 1976
Tyler hearing, November 23, 1976
Minutes of meeting, December 21, 1976