- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A South Texas sheriff says federal prisoners are being moved from the county jail to help the lockup comply with rules on how long other inmates can be in holding cells.

Nueces (nyoo-AY’-sis) County Sheriff Jim Kaelin (KAY’-lin) on Wednesday said he’s following the recommendation of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The jail in Corpus Christi was inspected in March and found to be non-compliant, with state inmates routinely held in intake cells past the 48-hour limit.

Kaelin says the jail sets aside 24 beds for federal inmates, which the county is paid to house.

The sheriff has since asked other agencies to remove their federal inmates so the two-dozen beds could instead be used for incoming state prisoners - those kept in holding cells while being processed.




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