Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Jail Standards, Texas Commission on*

9 Members - Term: 6 Years

General Information

Agency #: 409 300 W. 15th St., Suite 503P.O. Box 12985Austin 78711-2985


Office Office Holder Hometown / Term Ends
Chair The Honorable Bill Stoudt Longview, 01-31-2025
Vice Chair Esmaeil Porsa, M.D., MPH Parker, 01-31-2023
Board Member(s) Patricia M. Anthony Garland, 01-31-2025
Duane Lock Southlake, 01-31-2023
Monica McBride Alpine, 01-31-2025
Ben Perry Waco, 01-31-2023
Kelly S. Rowe Lubbock, 01-31-2021
Melinda Taylor Austin, 01-31-2021
Dennis Wilson Groesbeck, 01-31-2021


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Executive Director Brandon Wood (512) 463-8236 / (512) 463-3185


The Legislature created the Texas Commission on Jail Standards in 1975 to develop and enforce minimum standards for county jails and other facilities housing county or out-of-state inmates. Today, the agency’s mission includes:

• regulating and supporting the management of county jails by developing jail standards, inspecting jails, investigating complaints, and providing training and technical assistance;

• reviewing and approving jail construction, renovation, and operational plans;

• compiling monthly county jail population reports; and

• monitoring Texas’ compliance with federal law regarding the treatment of juveniles in adult jails and lockups.

* Subject to the Texas Sunset Act; will be reviewed in 2021.