Texas Considers Closing Four State Jail Facilities
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 housing parole violators.
House Appropriations Committee chairman said a decision on the closing of prisons will be made in the coming days by a subcommittee headed by Oscar Longoria (D-Mission). He said the proposed cuts have been closely reviewed and discussed.
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