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Denton County jail passes muster

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County Judge Mary Horn and Sheriff Will Travis formally accept the inspection results at the Denton County Jail.
County Judge Mary Horn and Sheriff Will Travis formally accept the inspection results at the Denton County Jail.

The Denton County Jail exceeded standards in its annual inspection with no deficiencies noted on Thursday, March 24, after a three-day inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

County Judge Mary Horn, Sheriff Will Travis, and Detention Chief Mike Ganzer formally accepted the inspection results in Sheriff Travis’s office at the jail, located on North Woodrow Lane in Denton.

“Our staff is among the best in the state, and without their efforts and dedication, this would not be possible,” said Sheriff Travis.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards requires jails to meet set standards in 26 areas that relate to officers, safety standards, food, and the infirmary.

During inspection, the commission inspects the construction, equipment, maintenance, and operation of the jail facilities under its jurisdiction. It also inspects the custody, care, and treatment of inmates and investigates programs of rehabilitation, education, and recreation for inmates confined in county jails.

“Our officers work tirelessly to ensure that we meet or exceed the standards set by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards,” Chief Mike Ganzer said.

Denton County Jail, the ninth largest in the state, has a capacity of nearly 1,600 inmates and consists of five facilities. Over 400 men and women state certified as Detention Officers work three shifts around the clock. Last year, over 11,000 people were booked into the jail by 70 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

“I greatly appreciate the commitment and hard work of the staff over the last four years,” said Sheriff Travis.

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