Tribpedia: State Commission On Jail Standards

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards is a state regulatory agency responsible for enforcing jail conditions at local jails in the state. It sets rules establishishing minimum standards for the construction and operation of jails and inspects them for compliance.

Created in 1975 by the Texas Legislature, the commission's authority has expanded over the years to include county, municipal and privately managed jails. The commission also provides assistance to the state jail program.

The commission is a nine-member panel appointed by the governor to staggered, six-year terms that expire in January of odd-numbered years.

The commission holds quarterly public meetings in Austin.