Smith County jail receives citation



The Texas Commission on Jail Standards issued the Smith County Jail a notice of noncompliance related to the May 16 death of a man in custody.

Jail Standards Executive Director Brandon Wood said he signed the notice May 27 after determining jailers failed to check on Jasen Mosley, 24, of White Oak, every 30 minutes as required.

Mosley had been placed in a holding cell at 2:23 a.m. because he was being uncooperative with jail book-in personnel and he was found hanging in his cell unresponsive at 2:57 a.m., according to the initial news release from Sheriff Larry Smith.

Mosley was being booked into jail after being pulled over by Tyler police earlier that night for a defective tail light. Officers learned he was a suspect in a harassment case and was leaving the apartment complex of the person who filed the complaint against him, a Tyler police spokesman said. According to the police report, he refused to follow directions and resisted when officers tried to arrest him.

Smith County Judge Joel Baker said he was made aware of the citation against the jail by phone last week.

"This is a very unfortunate circumstance and my heart goes out to the family, but this is something that should never happen," Baker said. "It's something that they need to all come together and look at to see if there is a solution to the problem."

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