In 2017, 428 Florida inmates died making it the deadliest year ever. This is an increase from the 356 deaths in 2016.
Lawmakers in Texas will consider closing four Texas state prisons to reduce the Texas Department of Criminal Justice budget by $40 million. John Zerwas, chief budget writer, reported an estimated overall reduction of $4 billion from the previous year. Officials confirmed the 500-bed Ware Unit in Colorado City was likely to be closed while 1,000 unit Bartlett State Jail, 275-bed West Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility and 200-bed Bridgeport Pre-Parole Facility are listed for possible closure. In addition, Rudd Unit in Brownfield would be converted to an intermediate sanction facility for more »