The Lubbock County Jail failed its last inspection because of overcrowding and was then given a limit of the number of inmates it could hold. The county then started housing some of its inmates in Dickens County at a rate of $38 a day, in order to meet the commissions standards. According to the Lubbock Sheriff's Office it will cost taxpayers about $1 million annually to stay in compliance. However, that number could change based on the number of inmates.
The Texas Commission on jail standards issued a certificate of compliance to Lubbock County based on a July 18th inspection.