DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office keeping jail clean with robots

Sheriff Carl Bowen and Captain Jerry Garza are satisfied with their investment to keep jail cells germ free

CUERO, Texas – The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office spent $180,000 on new disinfecting xenex robots using inmate commissary funds.

Sheriff Carl Bowen said since Aug. 2020 inmates entering and leaving their jail cells have not tested positive for COVID-19.

Sheriff Bowen said he wants to provide a safer environment for everyone.

When in operation the machines use UV lighting to disinfect a jail cell in just five minutes.

“The air has a different smell before disinfection and after disinfection. That’s because the robot is purifying the air,” Bowen said.

Jail administrators use the cleaning machines in jail hallways as well. Captain Jerry Garza is glad their facility can offer protection during this continued pandemic.

“It’s just what we could do for the inmate and through the pandemic, to be able to protect the inmates along with jail staff,” Garza said.

After conducting some initial research, Sheriff Bowen contacted the company based in San Antonio to invest in two disinfecting xenex robots.

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