By: Francisco Diaz The Laredo Sun
LAREDO, TX. - "We are very pleased with the work that has been made in the county jail. No administration had succeeded in passing four consecutive years with 100 percent compliance with all requirements required by the state," said Sheriff Martin Cuellar.
State inspectors arrived unexpectedly with a mission to verify the operation of the prison that holds 572 prisoners and was built in 1986 near the center of the city.
Cuellar said that the review was meticulous and very detailed in very specific areas like the number of guards to prisoners, in aspects of health and safety for inmates in administrative documents, lifesaving skills and equipment to handle emergencies.
"I'm very proud of the great work done by the staff of the county jail. His work is very difficult and has very big responsibilities. He has made great efforts to meet the needs of the community and we will keep improving," said Cuellar.
County Judge Danny Valdez, congratulated Cuellar and his staff for the hard work and reiterated the support of the Commissioners Court to keep this building in the best possible conditions.
Last year, resources were allocated to repair the roof, elevator and central air prison.
Cuellar took over as Sheriff in 2009 after winning the primary race in 2008 and has since managed to pass the state inspection.