Texas Considers Closing Four State Prisons
Four Texas state prisons could be closed as lawmakers consider reducing the Texas Department of Criminal Justice budget by $40 million.
If the final state budget is passed, this could mark the largest reduction in state's history.
Last Friday, the House's chief budget writer, John Zerwas, said the House is looking for $4 billion to cut from its initial proposal.
Two weeks ago, officials confirmed the 500-bed Ware Unit in Colorado City was likely to be closed while Bartlett State Jail, West Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility and Bridgeport Pre-Parole Facility are listed for possible closure.
Bartlett State Jail houses just over 1,000 inmates, West Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility houses 275 offenders and Bridgeport Pre-Parole Facility houses 200 inmates.
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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