BALLINGER - The Runnels County Jail is in compliance with state requirements following an inspection on April 2, by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

BALLINGER - The Runnels County Jail is in compliance with state requirements following an inspection on April 2, by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

Runnels County Sheriff Carl Squyres said that the inspection, which comes annually unannounced, went fine and that the jail received a certificate of compliance from the TCJS.

For the second year under Squyres administration, the Runnels County Jail has passed inspection. The jail passed inspection in years prior to Squyres taking office.

Over past year, there have been numerous technological upgrades to the jail, including a new camera system, and a new control system. In addition a new inmate phone system has been installed and a new commissary was approved. But those items are not necessary under the TCJS system.

“Since I took Office in January of 2017 the Runnels County Jail has had many upgrades to equipment and policies which have made the jail a much more secure facility,” Squyres said. “I would like to thank the Runnels County Commissioners for their support in these endeavors.”

Squyres also wanted to point out the hard work of the jail staff and asked the public to offer their appreciation for the difficult job required by jail staff members.

“I would like the citizens of Runnels County to know the hard work and dedication the jailers, dispatchers and administrative staff of the Runnels County Jail demonstrate on a daily basis,” Squyres said. “These men and women have a very hard, thankless job that is many times overlooked. I want to remind the citizens of Runnels County that these men and women deal with the worst of our society on a daily basis and deserve your appreciation.”

The 87-bed jail was built in 1999 and houses male and female inmates.