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Sheriff Hickman Announces Harris County Will Use Its Outlying Jails Again

Hickman anticipates it will help to have more deputies on patrol because they will have to make fewer trips to the downtown jail.

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman (center) announced his department will once again use jails located around greater Houston to book suspects.
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman (center) announced his department will once again use jails located around greater Houston to book suspects.

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman announced his department will once again use jails located around greater Houston to book suspects.

The Sheriff’s outlying jails are similar to the ones the Houston Police Department has in its police stations across the city.

Harris County stopped booking suspects at these jails about five years ago due to budget cuts.

But now four of them are re-opening, and deputies will be able to use them twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

Additionally, inmates who can be released — for instance after paying a bond — will be freed directly from these facilities.

Hickman says that will mean his deputies won’t have to make so many trips to the Harris County jail in downtown Houston, “so, it will save us resources and fuel costs.”

“It cuts down our time for our deputies and the other agencies’ deputies having to drive downtown and waiting in line to have their prisoners booked,” added the Sheriff at a press conference held at the HCSO substation located in Humble.

Hickman anticipates that will mean deputies will spend more time out on patrol.

Captain Sean Conrad, who works for the Sheriff’s outlying jail division, notes the change will have another positive effect.

“Our employees’ morale is a little better. They’re not as stressed because they don’t have to do so many things that they have to do that it’s difficult to accomplish,” Conrad commented at the press conference.

The four outlying jails are located in Clay Road, which is in West Harris County near Highway 6; Cypresswood; Humble and on Wallisville Road, in East Harris County.

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