The Fort Bend County Jail will have increased security with entry renovations and additional fencing for the East and West Towers.

The details

At an April 19 meeting, Fort Bend County commissioners approved the contract advertisement for design and construct renovations on the Fort Bend County Jail located at 1410 Williams Way Blvd., Richmond. The project budget is estimated to be $700,000, according to the county’s posting.

Part of the project will see renovations to the sally port, which is a secure entryway to a prison, including:
  • Installing a new interior detention-grade door with a card reader
  • Concrete masonry unit wall with delayed door access and central control override option
  • An exterior access detention door with electro-mechanical door latch
  • Exterior canopy with lighting and a sidewalk with American with Disabilities Act access
  • Air conditioning upgrades
Other improvements include the addition of East and West Towers’ interior security fencing with welded and bolted panels, according to the posting.

What else?

The county is also accepting proposals for a provider of inmate medical services, including medical, dental and mental health services for all inmates. The deadline for this contract is May 14, according to the posting.

The final contract approval will take place at a July 23 Commissioner Court meeting. The selected applicant will begin their services in October and will serve the jail until Sept. 30, 2027, according to the posting.

What’s next

Advertisements for jail renovation bids began April 14 with responses due May 7, according to the posting. The final contract will be approved at Commissioners Court on June 25.