HARLINGEN, Texas -- One in three Texas jails have failed state inspections so far this year, and more than a fourth failed last year. That's according to an Associated Press review of Texas Commission on Jail Standards records.
When inspected, the jails ranged in population from seven inmates to more than 9,000, and infractions ranged from mold to structural problems to inadequate staffing.
Many are crumbling with age and lack adequate space for female inmates.
Commission director Adan Munoz says most of the jails being inspected are pretty much at the minimum anywhere from 10 to 15 years or older, which starts to create infrastructure problems.
Of 38 county jails inspected by March 20, 13 have failed:
Seventy-three of the state's 268 jails failed in 2006, including Harris County Jail in Houston, one of the state's largest with more than 9,000 inmates.
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