Harris County inmates were sent to Louisiana prison in an effort to ensure Texas regulations could be followed

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – Hundreds of Harris County Jail inmates were brought to Louisiana on Thursday as the sheriff tries to make sure Texas regulations can be followed at the building.

In November, state prison inspectors found the Harris County jail in violation of state standards and noted a tense and hostile environment inside the prison. It comes days after a prison employee was accused of brutal sexual assault by an inmate inside her prison office. ABC13 reported other attacks inside the prison around the same time.

SEE RELATED STORY: Harris County sergeant was brutally assaulted and sexually assaulted by inmate, sheriff’s office said

The Texas Commission on Prison Standards asked Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to come up with a remedial plan. As part of it, 192 county inmates were transferred to a prison in Lasalle Parish, Louisiana.

RELATED SEE: 2 Harris County detention officers attacked in jail, authorities say

The prison is located northeast of Alexandria, about a 5-hour drive from Houston. The sheriff’s office told ABC13 that about 300 inmates will follow in the coming days, and all will be paid for by Harris County taxpayers.

The sheriff’s office said the inmates transferred were mostly men awaiting trial in “generally acceptable health with a court date set at around 40-45 days.” Prisoners of high risk or special circumstances will not be eligible for transfer.

ABC13 was told this was an effort to reduce the population and give prison staff an opportunity to comply.

SEE MORE: Harris County Jail inspection report reveals worrying staffing shortages affecting inmates and staff

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