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INMATE HANDBOOK TARRANT COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CONFINEMENT BUREAU 100 NORTH LAMAR FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76102 INTRODUCTION: The Tarrant County Jail System consists of four separate jail facilities: #1 Tarrant County Correction Center #2 Belknap Unit #3 Greenbay Unit #4 Cold Springs Unit All persons placed into this system are processed at Tarrant County Correction Center. You may then be transferred to one of the other facilities for housing. Your housing assignment will depend upon your past criminal record, the type of charge against you, your age, medical condition, and your behavior while you are in our system. While in the custody of the Tarrant County Jail System you may be assigned to the Tarrant County Correction Center. The Corrections Center is a direct supervision jail. This is a more modern and comfortable environment compared to the other Tarrant County Jails. A direct supervision jail is dormitory style with occupant rooms built around a large central dayroom. You will have reasonably free access to the dayroom throughout most of the 24-hour day. You will have the freedom to move about the Corrections Center without escort for many of the functions that you might attend. This includes use of an extensive Law Library, G.E.D. Classes, Counseling Programs, and such, if qualified. If you are in a special management POD the officer will explain any restrictions that may apply. An officer in a direct supervision facility may restrict you to a confined area for a period not to exceed 24-hours for violation of rules or inappropriate behavior without a disciplinary report being submitted. If you are assigned to the Corrections Center you will be given an additional document title, “POD RULES FOR INMATES” Remaining in the Corrections Center is entirely based on your personal conduct. A violation of any of the rules and regulations contained in this handbook, or the “POD RULES FOR INMATES ” can, and probably will, result in reassignment out of the Corrections Center. If this happens you will be assigned to a linear indirect supervision jail, an environment more suitable to your demonstrated conduct. Remember one simple fact of life and staying in the Corrections Center should not be a problem. FACT: “For every action there is a consequence.” If you cannot obey the rules, YOU WILL BE REASSIGNED AND DISCIPLINARY OR CRIMINAL CHARGES WILL BE FILED IF APPROPRIATE. On the following pages you will find a great deal of information that will be of help to you during your stay. We recognize that people do not want to be in jail; however, with your cooperation and respect for the rights of others, you can make your time here less uncomfortable for yourself and others. LIFE SAFETY: The safety of staff and inmates is of primary importance. Fire or smoke in a jail setting can be life threatening. All staff has been trained in fire and evacuation procedures. Should a fire (or other crises) occur, follow the instructions given to you by the officers. In order to reduce the possibilities of a fire, certain items are not permitted (lighters, matches, etc.) and other items are restricted. To reduce the amount of flammable materials, inmates may only possess 3 days accumulation of newspapers, and a combination of not more than 10 books and magazines (not including legal books). Papers, wrappers, empty containers from Commissary shall be disposed of immediately after use. The officer has the right to determine if accumulations of newspapers, magazines, non- legal materials are hazardous. ADMISSION: Upon your arrival an Officer processed you. You and your property were thoroughly searched for contraband. You were photographed, fingerprinted, and interviewed. You were asked if you had any medical problems that needed immediate attention. Your personal property was removed and placed in storage. You were required to sign a property inventory form. This form lists the items you came to jail with, and the amount of cash money you had. Your copy of this form is your receipt. You are responsible for maintaining any and all receipts, copies, and/or legal papers while you are in Tarrant County Jail. COUNTY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: All inmates are issued a County Identification Number (C.I.D.) upon initial booking into jail. Your C.I.D. number is shown on your Debit card. It is very important that you remember your C.I.D. number. It is required that this number be shown on all documents pertaining to you while you are in these facilities (mail, property releases, etc.) DEBIT Card: You are required to carry your DEBIT Card at all times while in jail. Destruction, alteration, failure to carry DEBIT Card or changing DEBIT Card with another inmate, will result in disciplinary action against you. You must have the DEBIT Card on you to receive mail, commissary, visitors, property, recreation, law library access and medications. You must show your DEBIT Card upon the order of any Detention Officer or Staff member. In the event the DEBIT Card should wear out, or break, submit a request for services to have the DEBIT Card replaced. The DEBIT Card contains a bar code that works like an ATM card. If someone else gets your DEBIT Card they will have access to your account. You must have this DEBIT Card at the time of your release. If you do not have this DEBIT Card at the Release Desk, your account will be placed into reserve for 24 hours. This means you will have to return to Central Reception at the Tarrant County Correction Center after 24 hours to pick up the balance of your Inmate Trust Fund Account. If your DEBIT Card is lost or stolen, contact a Detention Officer immediately. You may not mail your card out of the facility for any reason. To do so may result in a disciplinary. REQUEST FOR SERVICES: A reque st for services form is available from the Detention Officer for your use in obtaining assistance and/or information concerning your problems. A request for services form should also be used if you desire to participate in a work or education program. Bring problems or concerns to the Housing Officer. If the problem is not resolved speak to the Supervisor when they conduct their inspections. If not resolved forward to Unit Captain before filing grievance PERSONAL HYGEINE: The following items were issued to you upon completion of the booking process: jail uniform, pair of slides, mattress, mattress cover, towel and blanket. You may have been provided the opportunity to purchase a hygiene kit (consisting of a razor, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste and soap). You are expected to keep your body, clothing, bedding and housing area clean at all times. Take a shower, when possible, on a daily basis. Keep your hair neat and combed. Keep your housing area clean at all times and do your part to keep the jail clean. Violations of these rules will result in disciplinary action against you. There are no restrictions on inmate hair lengths or facial hair, except for safety or hygiene restrictions on those assigned to certain work programs. You are required to keep your clothing clean. Do not tear, mark, or alter it in any way. A violation of this rule will result in a disciplinary action against you. Dirty clothing and linen will be exchanged for clean items once a week. SUPPLIES FOR INDIGENT INMATES: An indigent inmate is one who has less than $3 in his/her account upon entry into jail, or over a seven- day period thereafter. The following items are given to indigent inmates upon initial entry into the jail; a hygiene kit containing: razor, comb, toothpaste, toothbrush, and soap. Toothpaste may be re- issued to indigent inmates once every 30 days on a one- for one basis for regular size tubes, or once every seven days for small tubes. Combs and toothbrushes may be exchanged on a one-for-one basis when the old ones are worn out. Indigent inmates may also be furnished with: 1. Three sheets of plain paper once every seven days. 2. Three stamped plain envelopes once every seven days. 3. One writing instrument. All outgoing indigent mail will require postage. Replacement hygiene items and paper, pencil, and envelopes may be obtained by sending a Request for Services to the Supply Officer. Indigent inmates may obtain additional paper and envelopes for corresponding with their attorneys or the courts, from the Law Library. These items may not be removed from the Law Library except when submitted to the officer in the Law Library for mailing. Indigent inmates may mail legal material requiring a large envelope by taking it to the Law Library. INMATE CLOTHING: In the event you are scheduled for a court appearance that requires you to be dressed in street clothes, you will be permitted to use the clothing that you wore when you entered the jail. If these clothes are not appropriate for appearing in court, the court may direct a member of your family or your attorney, to bring one set of clothing to the jail for you to wear at your court appearance. Following the court appearance this clothing will be returned to your personal property bag or the person who brought it to the jail may pick it up. FOOD: Meals are served three times daily. Any inmate who takes food from another inmate is subject to maximum disciplinary sanctions. Food items that are purchased from inmate commissary may be kept in your housing area, as long as it is stored in a sanitary manner. Food may not be accumulated. Food may not be mailed to you, nor may visitors bring any food items to any inmate. CONTRABAND: You are prohibited from having certain items while you are in jail. Possession of any type of contraband is a serious offense and will result in disciplinary action against you. In addition to the items listed in various sections of this handbook, you may not possess any of the following items: cigarette lighter, matches, tobacco or tobacco products, any beverage containing alcohol, any narcotics not prescribed to you by the jail medical staff, any weapon or item that could be used to inflict injury, keys, non-regulation clothing, flammable liquids, fingernail files and clippers, and all other items not available for purchase from the Commissary or issued through proper channels. Any item that you have that is altered from its original intent/purpose is contraband. All contraband will be confiscated and disposed of by Detention Officers. Inmates who have been bench warranted or are in-transit may retain some personal items brought to the jail with them, such as toothpaste, tooth powder, writing materials and legal materials. HOUSING UNITS: Inmates are allowed to have the following items in their possession in housing units: 1. Legal documents 2. Reading materials from publishers (no hard covers) and/or inmate library. 3. Prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. 4. Commissary Items Nothing may be pasted or attached to the walls of the housing area. Vents, windows, and light fixtures shall never be covered. Inmates who violate this rule will be subject to disciplinary action. It is also a violation of security to drape or hang anything that may obstruct the view of the officer. CLEAN UP DAYS: On days specified by the Jail Commander, all housing units and cells will be completely cleaned by the inmates housed in them. The Jail Supervisor will inspect each floor to determine if each housing unit and cell has been cleaned. USE OF FACILITIES: You are expected to respect the rights and property of other inmates. You are not allowed in cells other than the one to which you are assigned. A dayroom is provided for relaxation. The day room is intended for the use of all inmates assigned to the housing area. MEDICAL SERVICES: You are in a jail environment. The following information is provided to let you know: 1. What is available; 2. How to get medical attention; 3. Your responsibilities; 4. Rules and policies necessary to provide you with medical care. You are expected to understand and follow this information carefully. If you do not understand, or have questions, then ask a Detention Officer to explain it to you. Medical and dental services are available to you while in jail. The medical services available are: 1) emergency care, 2) assessment of new significant illness, and 3) monitoring/supervision of chronic disorders. Dental services available are: 1) triage of dental complaints; 2) trauma and treatment of abscesses; and 3) tooth extractions. Eye exams are available. Glasses are not provided. How to obtain available services: 1. In the event of an emergency, notify an officer. The officer will contact the appropriate medical authorities. 2. If your condition is not an emergency, obtain a Request for Services from the officer. Fill it out completely and describe your medical problem in detail, legibly in the space provided. Medication is distributed by the licensed medical staff, per jail physician orders. Stockpiling of pills and medications, or exchange of pills and medications is strictly forbidden. You must be properly dressed and carrying your Debit card for you to go to clinic or receive any medication. Any violations of these rules will result in disciplinary action against you. Medication may be kept on your person (KOP) when appropriate medical authority has specifically authorized it. It is the inmate’s responsibility to make “Medication Call”. If you miss the medication call, your medication will not be offered to you later. If you miss two medication calls, your medication may be stopped. You must bring your water cup to take your medications. Your treatment plan can only be changed by an order of the attending physician. Some over the counter medications can be purchased from the inmate commissary. VISITATION: You were issued a visitor authorization card. This card must be filled out completely and limited to five (5) adults, sixteen (16) and older. All adults requesting a visit with you must have his/her name listed on your visitor authorization card. Persons not listed on your visitor authorization card shall not be allowed to visit. Exception: Persons not listed on the visitor authorization card, and who live at least 75 miles from the city of Fort Worth may be allowed “Special” visits. Only 5 adults may be on your visitor authorization card at a time. Authorization cards may be updated on the first Sunday of each month. You will not be permitted to add names to your authorization card before the scheduled time. The Tarrant County Jail will not give out names listed on your visitors’ card over the telephone. To inform a person they are listed on the visitors’ card you must correspond with them through the mail or by telephone. Persons listed on your visitor authorization card shall be allowed one visit per calendar week (exception: if the person is the only one listed on your visitor card, the person may visit the inmate twice each calendar week). Week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday. Visitors must present proper identification containing their photograph. The following identification shall be authorized: a. Current Texas or out of state drivers license (recently expired drivers license shall be accepted up to six months after expiration). Paper license renewal slips shall be accompanied by other photo identification. b. Texas or out of state, Department of Public Safety I.D. cards. c. Official (government issued) passport, visa or immigration card with picture. d. Military Identification Card (with picture). e. 16-18 years old may use school photo Identification Card. All visitors shall be expected to act in an orderly manner. Persons accompanied by children under the age of sixteen (16) shall be responsible for the juvenile’s behavior. Children under the age of sixteen (16) years shall not need to be placed on your visitors’ authorization card as long as an adult listed on the card accompanies them. Persons 16 years and older shall be required to have proper identification. A visit may be denied to any person if the visitor or inmate fails to comply with any of the stated jail rules. All visitors must complete a visitation card prior to entering the jail. Physical searches may be conducted with probable cause. Visitors shall not give any items directly to inmates. Visitors shall sign up and be processed for entry to the jail at least 30 minutes prior to the end of visitation hours. Visitors should be appropriately dressed. Your visit may be denied if the visitor is inappropriately dressed. If a visitor is caught bringing in contraband, they can be banned from the Tarrant County Jail System. In addition, criminal charges may be filed against the visitor depending on the nature of the contraband. For security reasons handbags, purses, and packages will be opened and visibly searched. Persons refusing this search may be denied the visit. Visiting hours are: Corrections Center 7 days per week, 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. Greenbay Unit: 7 days per week, 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. Belknap Unit: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. Monday thru Friday, 6 p.m. through 9 p.m. Cold Springs Unit: Sunday thru Friday, 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. Saturday, 12 noon through 9 p.m. EDUCATION: An education program is conducted in the jail for inmates who do not have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. certificate. Inmates who wish to be considered for this program must submit a Request for Services to the coordinator of the program. Inmates who will be transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice are not eligible to participate in this program while confined in Tarrant County Jail. TDCJ PROPERTY/ CLOTHING: If you are going to be released to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (T.D.C.J.) you are encouraged to dispose of property items not authorized by T.D.C.J. prior to being transported to T.D.C.J. It is recommended, that upon your receipt of a sentence to T.D.C.J. that you notify a friend or family member to appear in person at the Tarrant County Correction Center property window to obtain your property as explained in the section on Property Releases. You may request a copy of TDCJ accepted property list from the property officer. Your request must be submitted on Request for Service Form. The individual to whom you wish to release your personal property must appear in person at the Tarrant County Correction Center Property window. The individual must have one of the following forms of identification: 1. Valid Driver’s License 2. Departme nt of Public Safety (Picture) I.D. 3. Military I.D. CORRESPONDENCE: You are permitted to send and receive letters. Letters mailed to you shall be no larger than 12 inches by 16 inches. You may purchase writing supplies (paper, envelopes, pens, and stamps) from inmate commissary. Writing supplies are furnished to indigent inmates. The only item that may be enclosed with correspondence mailed to an inmate is ten (10) or less unframed photographs no larger than 4” by 5”. Photographs with a hard backing are not acceptable. Any contraband items received will be placed in your property and will not be available to you until you are released from custody. The remainder of the correspondence will be forwarded to you along with a property receipt for the item. The jail is responsible only for mail delivered to it by the U.S. Postal Service. The sender must refer all tracer actions on lost mail directly to the post office. For security reasons inmate to inmate mail is prohibited. The Chief Deputy, or above, may grant permission under special circumstances. Properly addressing incoming mail is very important. Mail should be addressed to you as such: John Smith CID# 9812345 Tank 61 B 04 100 North Lamar Fort Worth, Texas 76102 The sender must also print their full name and return address or the letter will be returned to the Post Office. Mail is not forwarded to the inmate once he has been released. Mail for released inmates is returned to sender or sent to the dead letter department at the U. S. Post Office. Your complete return address is required on all outgoing mail. All non-legal outgoing mail shall be handed over (unsealed) to the housing officer. Housing officer will inspect the mail for contraband, seal the envelope and put it in the outgoing mailbox. MONEY: The money that you had in your possession at the time you were booked into jail has been placed in your Inmate Money Account. Only cash and U.S. Postal Money Orders, Western Union Money Orders, or Government checks and checks from other law enforcement agencies were accepted. Any personal checks were placed in your inmate property. MONEY DEPOSITS: Money deposited for inmates will be accepted at the Tarrant County Correction Center, 100 N. Lamar, Fort Worth, Texas, 7 days per week. Money cannot be accepted for deposit from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., or from 10:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Cash (U.S. Currency only, no rolled or loose coins), U.S. Postal Money Orders, Western Union Money Orders or Government che cks are accepted. Money Orders, Government Checks or cash will be accepted by mail, although cash sent through the mail is discouraged. Money WILL NOT be accepted for the following inmates: 1. Incoming inmates who have not been booked in. 2. Inmates who are in the release process (account closed). Once money has been deposited, a copy of the receipt is given to the depositor, and a copy is given to the inmate. After the deposit is made, the inmate may draw off his account buying items from the commissary on the next working day. COMMISSARY: Various items of food, beverages, writing materials, stamps, personal hygiene items, etc. are available for purchase from the Commissary. Stockpiling of commissary items for resale to other inmates, or for gambling or bartering purposes is strictly forbidden. Inmates who violate the rules will be subject to disciplinary action. You should use a Request for Services form, directed to commissary, for any problems you may have with items purchased from the commissary. An officer can deny premium purchases if a POD is not cooperative or clean. GOOD TIME: If you are serving county jail time, the Code of Criminal Procedures (CCP) allows the Sheriff to grant 2 for 1 goodtime to promote good conduct. 3 for 1 may be granted for trusty. To you this means that if you meet these conditions you will be given credit for serving two or three days for each actual day in custody. If your conduct is inappropriate, you may only earn 1 for 1. If you are a trusty and loose trusty status, you will revert back to 2 for 1 and can be given 1 for 1 if your misconduct is serious. PRE-TRIAL RELEASE: Each person booked into the Tarrant County Jail System is screened by the Pre-Trial Release personnel for possible release on a personal bond. CLASSIFICATION AND HOUSING: The Classification Section is responsible for assigning housing locations to all inmates in the Tarrant County Jail System. Housing assignments are based on a variety of factors. You may appeal your housing assignment, classification assessment and re-assessments, and voluntary inmate work program status by sending a Request for Services Classification VOLUNTARY INMATE WORK PROGRAM: The Classification Section is responsible for approving and assigning inmates to the Voluntary Inmate Work Program. If you are interested in participating in this program, inform a Classification Officer during your initial interview, or send a Request for Services to Classification. If you receive penitentiary time, a letter will be sent to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice verifying you participation in the Voluntary Inmate Work Program and your conduct while you were incarcerated at Tarrant County Jail. Any unacceptable conduct can result in removal. ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS: A number of activities and programs are available to you. You must maintain the proper conduct and adhere to the rules regarding each program/activity. The following are activities/programs that are available to you: EDUCATION: An education program is conducted in the jail for inmates who do not have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. certificate. Inmates who wish to be considered for this program must submit a Request for Services to the coordinator of the program. Inmates who will be transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice are not eligible to participate in this program while confined in Tarrant County Jail. ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: A program designed to assist persons who do not readily speak and understand the English language in becoming proficient in reading and speaking English. ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE COUNSELING: Programs designed to assist alcohol and drug dependent inmates to overcome their dependence; conducted by the MHMR department. RECREATION: You will be permitted one hour of supervised physical recreation at least three (3) times a week, weather permitting. If you choose to participate in a recreation program, you are expected to observe the conduct of a good sport. LIBRARY: Recreational reading material is available in the jail and is distributed weekly on a mobile book cart. Mutilation or destruction of any book or magazine will result in disciplinary action against you and suspension of library privileges. LAW LIBRARY: A collection of legal reference materials is available for inmates who desire to prepare their own legal documents. Submit a Request for Services to the Law Library to be scheduled. NOTARIZATION OF LEGAL PAPERS: A Notary Public is available for you for notarization of legal documents pertaining to your criminal case, without costs. To have a document notarized you must submit a Request for Services to “Notary”. COURT OR CASE STATUS AND JAIL STATUS: If you have been in jail for twenty-four hours and have not been advised of your rights by a Magistrate, either before or after having been placed in jail on arrest charges, submit a Request for Services to the Booking Supervisor. If you feel that your jail time has been mis- figured (sentence end date), you may submit a Request for Service. Questions concerning mistaken or wrongful identification may be addressed by submitting a Request for Service. Any information or assistance you may require should be directed to your attorney or a court appointed legal representative. RELIGIOUS PRACTICES: Chaplains are available for spiritual counseling. Bibles are available by sending a Request for Services to the Chaplain and must contain your full name, C.I.D. number and housing assignment. Your pastor, minister, rabbi or priest may also make a visit during the times established through the Chaplain’s Office. TELEPHONES: Telephones are installed in housing areas for inmate usage. These are “coinless pay phones”. When you place a call, an operator will ask if the party answering will accept charges. If the Person agrees to accept the charges the call will be completed. A charge will be billed to the party called. Please use courtesy when using the telephone. Inmates are not allowed to receive telephone calls while in jail. Do not abuse the allotted telephone privileges. Violation of the rules will result in disciplinary action against you. All calls will automatically terminate at the completion of fifteen minutes. TWO-WAY VOICE COMMUNICATION: Each cell is equipped with an intercom system for two-way voice communication between inmates and Detention Officers. Inmates who use the intercom system for the purpose of harassing Detention Officers, or disrupting routine operations will be subject to disciplinary actio n. TARRANT COUNTY JAIL INMATE RULES AND REGULATIONS Your behavior while you are in jail may have an effect on the total length of time you must serve in confinement. If you are transferred to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, a report of your conduct while in jail will be sent to that institution. Your conduct may also be used during the punishment phase of your trial. Any offenses that you commit while you are in jail that is a violation of the Texas Penal Code or Texas Code of Criminal Procedure will result in additional charges being filed against you. Violations of jail rules will result in disciplinary action. PROHIBITED ACTS Section A Rule Violations . Violation of any of the following rules is considered a MINOR infraction and the violator may receive from two (2) to ten (10) days of restriction. A1 Smoking. A2 Misuse or saving of authorized medication. A3 Possession of unauthorized money or currency. A4 Possession of property belonging to another. A5 Loaning of property or anything of value for profit or Increased return. A6 Possession of anything not authorized for retention, or receipt, or not issued to him/her by the Tarrant County Jail. A7 Possession of clothing, bedding, and or linen in excess of the amount authorized. A8 Unexcused absence from any assigned area. A9 Participating in an unauthorized meeting or gathering. A10 Failure to follow sanitation or safety standards. A11 Using any equipment contrary to instructions or jail safety standards. A12 Possessing an intoxicant, making intoxicants, being intoxicated, or reporting to jail intoxicated. A13 Being unsanitary or untidy; failing to keep one’s person, cell and/or day room area clean and tidy in accordance with jail sanitation rules. A14 Unauthorized or fraudulent use of the mail or the telephone. A15 Inadequate, partial, or improperly worn uniform. A16 Unauthorized contact with another inmate, or unauthorized passing of any item to another inmate. A17 Leaving Housing Area without Debit Card. Section B Rule Violations . Violation of any of the following rules is considered a MINOR infraction and the violator may receive from five (5) to fifteen (15) days of restriction. B1 Gambling, or preparing or conducting a gambling pool. B2 Encouraging others to refuse to keep their individual cells and/or dayroom clean. B3 Lying or providing a false statement to a deputy or a staff member. B4 Unauthorized contact with the public. B5 Disrespect to staff B6 Abuse of intercom system. B7 Being present in an unauthorized area. B8 Unauthorized taking of items into or out of a housing unit. B9 Unauthorized absence from work or activity. B10 Failure to identify self, or giving a false identity. B11 Disruption of ANY institutional activity. B12 Mailing out Debit Card. Section C Rule Violations. Violation of any of the following rules is considered a MAJOR infraction and the violator may receive from five (5) to twenty (20) days of restriction. Classified as Moderate. C1 Refusing to obey an order from any deputy or staff member C2 Possession of an altered item. C3 Excessive noise. C4 Violation of feeding procedures. C5 Violation of visitation procedures. C6 Violation of program procedures. C7 Violation of recreation procedures. C8 Violation of treatment program procedures. C9 Giving money or anything of value to, or accepting money or anything of value from another inmate, or a member of another inmate’s family or friends, unless specifically authorized by the Watch Supervisor on duty. C10 Violation of any written or posted rule. Section D Rule Violations. Violation of any of the following rules is considered a MAJOR infraction and the violator may receive from ten (10) to twenty-five (25) days of restriction. Classified as High. D1 Adulteration of any food or drink. D2 Threatening another. D3 Extortion, blackmail, protection, demanding money or anything of value in return for protection of one inmate from another, to avoid bodily harm, or under threat of informing, or the selling of bunks D4 Engaging in sexual acts with another, or making a sexual proposal or a threat to another. D5 Indecent exposure. D6 Impeding an inmate head count. D7 Impeding the security of a housing unit. D8 Obstructing the view into any area, or covering, tampering with, or damaging any lighting device. D9 Falsely reporting any emergency. D10 Tattooing or possession of tattooing paraphernalia. D11 Reckless conduct which places self or another in danger of injury. D12 Faking an illness or injury. D13 Possession of contraband D14 Wearing a mask or disguise. D15 Vandalism of any county property (e.g., uniform, mattress, mattress cover, writing on walls, etc.) Section E Rule Violations. Violation of any of the following rules is considered a MAJOR infraction and the violator may receive from fifteen (15) to thirty (30) days of restriction. Classified as Highest. E1 Any act classified as an offense under Local, State, or Federal Law, whether or not a criminal case is filed. E2 Riotous behavior. E3 Fighting. E4 Assaulting another person. E5 Altering, defacing, damaging, or destroying an inmate Debit Card. E6 Possession of stolen property. E7 Trafficking. E8 Giving or offering any official, deputy or staff member a bribe or anything of value. E9 Tampering with or blocking any locking device or door system. E10 Self mutilation. E11 Possession or manufacture of a weapon. E12 Possession or manufacture of an escape device. E13 Possession or manufacture of chemical agents. E14 Possession or manufacture of unauthorized drugs or medications. E15 Possession of narcotics or narcotic paraphernalia. E16 Throwing or propelling objects or substances. E17 Interference with Court related proceedings. E18 Interference with official communications or communication devices. E19 Interference with security operations. E20 Encouraging or engaging in a group demonstration. E21 Counterfeiting, forging, unauthorized reproduction of any document, article of identification, money, negotiable item, security, or official E22 Escape or attempted escape. E23 Assaulting an officer. REVOCATION FOR PROBATED DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS An inmate who has been found guilty of violating a jail rule by the Disciplinary Board or Officer may have any penalty imposed probated for their length of stay in the Tarrant County Jail. Once having been given a probated penalty for any rule violation, any subsequent finding of another rule violation by a Disciplinary Board or Officer will result in the revoking of that probation status. That probated penalty may be imposed consecut ively with the penalty for the new violation, upon completion of the appeal process. TYPES AND RANGES OF POSSIBLE SANCTIONS Minor Infractions. Sanctions shall be limited to: (A) counseling; (B) verbal or written reprimand; (C) in podular, direct supervision facilities, temporary restriction to cells for a period not to exceed twenty-four hours; (D) loss of commissary, telephone, mail (non-legal), and/or visitation privileges for a period not to exceed fifteen days; and (E) disciplinary separation for a period not to exceed fifteen days. Any combination of the penalties listed above may be imposed. Your penalty may be probated subject to acceptable conduct for the duration of confinement. As a result of conviction, your custody level will be reassessed, and may be increased. Major Infractions. Sanctions may include: (A) loss of good conduct credit; (B) loss of commissary, telephone, mail (non-legal), and/or visitation privileges for a period not to exceed thirty days; (C) removal from work details or programs; and (D) disciplinary separation for a period not to exceed thirty days. Any combination of the penalties listed above may be imposed. Your penalty may be probated subject to acceptable conduct for the duration of confinement. As a result of conviction, your custody level will be reassessed, and may be increased. DISCIPLINARY DUE PROCESS REQUIREMENTS If you commit, or are charged with a violation of one or more of the “Prohibited Acts”, disciplinary measures will be taken against yo u. A report will be filed and forwarded to the Disciplinary Board (Major Disciplinary Board for major infractions, or Minor Disciplinary Board for minor infractions). A hearing, before a neutral and impartial board, will be held no sooner than 24 hours after you receive written notice of the claimed violation or charges against you, and will be held within ten working days of the alleged violation. You may be moved to Administrative Custody until the hearing. The evidence against you will be presented at the time of the hearing although confidential informants may be protected. You will be provided an opportunity to be heard in person and to present documentary defensive evidence when not unduly hazardous to institutional safety and correctional goals. You may waive the right to a disciplinary hearing provided proper notification is given prior to the signing of the waiver. The waiver shall include the appropriate identification of charges, the allowable sanctions, and the sanctions offered by the waiver. A waiver shall not include the loss of good time as a sanction. You will be provided the opportunity to call up to two (2) witnesses on your behalf for disciplinary hearings when not unduly hazardous to institutional safety and correctional goals; suc h witnesses must be identified at the time you are served with formal written notification. You shall be allowed to seek the aid of another inmate if you are illiterate or where the complexity of the issue makes it unlikely that you will be able to collect and present the evidence necessary for an adequate comprehension of the case when not unduly hazardous to institutional safety and correctional goals. If that is not permissible, substitute aid from the staff or from an inmate designated by the staff sha ll be provided. You have no right to retain outside counsel. You have been provided a copy of the jail rules, and have signed an acknowledgement that these rules have been explained. This acknowledgement is kept on file. You may appeal the disciplinary board decision. In a Major Disciplinary Board hearing the appeal shall be in writing to the Support Services Chief Deputy within seventy-two hours. In a Minor Board hearing the appeal shall be in writing to the Housing Chief Deputy within 24 hours. INMATE GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE All inmates have the right to file a written grievance regarding violations of civil rights, a criminal act, an unjust denial or restriction of inmate privileges, or a prohibited act by facility staff. To file a grievance you must send a written statement directly to the Grievance Board in a sealed envelope marked Grievance. You may obtain a Grievance Form and envelope from the Housing Officer. Where undue delay could reasonably result in inmate or staff members being subjected to personal injury or other damages, you shall write “Emergency Grievance” on the face of the envelope. Grievances shall be submitted in a timely manner. Complaints on staff member actions shall not be accepted more than 30 days after the date of occurrence of the alleged violation, with the exceptions of an alleged criminal violation, you can show good cause for not making a grievance within the specified time limit, or upon direct order of the Confinement Bureau Commander. If the Grievance is an Americans with Disabilities Act Grievance, a box is provided on the Grievance Form to indicate it as such. Your Grievance will be reviewed and/or investigated by the grievance board, and an answer should be received in 60 days or less, with an interim response in 15 days or less. You may appeal the action taken by the Grievance Board. The appeal shall be in writing to the Inmate Grievance Appeal Board within 5 days of receipt of the written reply to your Grievance. You may further appeal the grievance appeal boards ruling to the Sheriff, or his designee (Executive Chief Deputy of Confinement). The decision by the Sheriff or his designee shall be final. OFFICERS SHALL HAVE ALL INMATES SIGN THE BACK OF THEIR BOOKING CARD FOR RECEIPT OF THIS HANDBOOK WHICH INCLUDES THE JAIL RULES.
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