BURNET, Texas (KXAN) - New razor wire that measures more than 4 feet tall and nearly 3feet wide is coiled around the metal roof and down the sides of thenew Burnet County Jail.
The $90,000 security measure was recently added to the7-month-old facility to stop another inmate from sneaking out.Authorities are still searching for a man who made his getawayduring recreation time back in August.
On a surprise visit last Thursday, jail inspectors foundconcerns inside after questioning two female inmates. One waspregnant and said she was not given proper medication.
Another mental health patient said she was not given hermedicaiton either, so inspectors checked her medical chart.
"There were certain medications that needed to be prescribed forher that had not been given to her, and that's obviously not incompliance with jail standards," said Adan Munoz, executivedirector of the TexasCommission on Jail Standards.
"They get excellent care here," said Tammy Manning, the BurnetCounty Jail medical supervisor.
Manning was out of town during the inspection but normally seesthe inmate who she said had been refusing to show up toappointments after they were scheduled. The situation had not beendocumented on her medical chart that state inspectors reviewed.
"We do have room for improvement in our documentation," saidManning. "And our actional plan we put into place Friday was toimprove our documentation so this will not happen again."
One of the female inmates also said they were not gettingrecreation time everyday.
"We went on to check the recreation log to see if their concernswere valid," said Munoz. "We couldn't even find a recreationlog."
Burnet County Jail Warden Bruce Armstrong admits there was abreakdown there, too.
"We run rec everyday," said Armstrong. "And the officer calls inthe count to the central control officer whose suppose to belogging the count down on how many offenders went to rec, and theywere neglecting to document the count."
Armstrong said it has been taken care of, but the state saidthere is one more requirement the county has yet to complywith.
The state does not have the jail's operational plan, whichcovers everything from what to do in case of a fire to how toadminister health care.
"The fact that it's been open since April and still not withinour agency certainly gives us great concern," said Munoz.
The county told the state they were working on it. Munoz sentwritten notification of the deficiencies to the county andSouthwest Corrections, the company who manages the jail. They have30 days to comply.
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