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County Jail Passes Inspection

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The Denton County Jail passed its annual inspection with no deficiencies Friday after a surprise three-day inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner Ron Marchant and Sheriff Benny Parkey formally accepted the inspection results in Sheriff Parkey’s office at the jail, located on North Woodrow Lane in Denton.

State jail inspector Fred St. Amant of Austin praised the efficiency and helpfulness of the jail personnel.

“Quite frankly, Denton County’s jail is well-run by a knowledgeable and hard-working staff, from the detention officers to the support staff to the administration,” he said.

The jail, the ninth largest in the state, has a capacity of 1,400 inmates and comprises five facilities. It is staffed with 389 men and women state certified as Detention Officers who work three shifts around the clock. Last year, 14,426 people were booked into the jail by 70 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

“Security and public safety are top priorities, and we rely on an excellent staff of professionals to provide a secure, safe, and well-run facility for the citizens of Denton County,” Sheriff Parkey said.

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