KFDM Investigates: State looks into 72-hour jail hold in Jefferson and Orange counties
SOUTHEAST TEXAS —
The Jefferson County sheriff says it may be time to rethink a policy that allows residents to be arrested based on an accusation and then be forced to stay behind bars for up to three days without any criminal charges filed against them.
KFDM/6 News on Fox's Angel San Juan has learned that state officials were unaware of the policy.
The head of the State Commission on Jail Standards said that out of the 254 counties in Texas, he did not know of any other place that used this practice.
However, we have discovered that in addition to Jefferson County, the Orange County Sheriff's Office also practices the 72-hour hold, which is raising questions about constitutional rights.