Some Texas prisons could be closing

Some Texas prisons could be closing

POSTED: Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 8:32am

UPDATED: Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 7:11pm

Austin - Some Texas prisons could face closure to help balance the state budget.

The deadline is Monday for state agencies to offer proposed cuts amounting to 5 percent of their budgets. The request came in January from Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday that Texas prison officials are looking for perhaps as much as $300 million in cutbacks.

House Corrections Committee Chairman Jim McReynolds says the issue of possibly closing prisons is "absolutely on the table."

Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire of Houston says public safety cannot be compromised and he is
"opposed to closing prisons just to save a buck."

Texas has 112 units and spends nearly $3 billion annually to house more than 153,000 inmates, although the prison population has been decreasing.

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there more crimes n tdcj thin out here more drugs in there thin out here and the co is the ones who brings it in to the inmates o so lets keep the prisons full cause all tx wants is money the get money bed thats full

If a prisoner is non-violent, not a threat to society, if the prisoner has a family that supports him to go back to and give him a hand up in this world, why are the privately run prisons like the one in Willacy County keeping these men inside instead of granting probation? Because they are making money off of each and every person incarcerated. That's why!!! My husband has been in there 2 years. He was eligible for parole in 8/2008 yet there he sits. All he gets is empty promises.

you are so much right all the state cares about is that money my hubby in there for checks and he got 10 years now 10 years for bad checks now thats the da's and the courts for u and thin when they get to prison and do good do what they r told still no parole why" cause texas whats that money i dont understand they wanna keep people like my husband but i do say but they will parole thim drug dealers and the sex ofenders out all about the money

Well if Tx wasn't so quick on making examples out of peoples lives this would not be so much of a problem. For example giving someone seventy five years for aggravated assault after the person that was assaulted stated that at no time did he feel that his life was in danger. Ok people make mistakes but Texas will take your hold life away. He has served almost thirteen yers when do we sy ok this prisoner has not been in trouble so lets give him another chance. Not only him but others that are in the system that could be otworking paying taxes adding to the budget. But as we say DON'T YOU MESS WITH TEXAS. How cruel is that?

I am a Correctional Officer at a Texas prison. This idea is REDICULOUS!!! If they close prisons that will force TDCJ to either Parole out un-rehabilitated offenders or house offenders from other units in excess of the capacity of a given unit. If this happens, many correctional officers and TDCJ personell at every unit may either retire or quit, and the Texas prison system will fall apart. Instead of cutting 300 billion, we need to spend that money making the pay better for correctional officers and staff as well as install air conditioning at these units to make the summer more bearable.

o boo wooo u co r not no better thin some of the inmates u people is who brings n all the crap the inmates should not have u people dont need a job all u all do is eat all day why u all r so fat

Good, Guy,

TDCJ should fall apart. The only difference between the inmates and the employees is their geographical location relative to steel bars. While you're looking for a new job, work on your spelling and communication
skills.

If it weren't for these people you seem to have no respect for there would be hardened criminals walking the street. I think you should spend one day at one of these units and then we will see if you post something as hurtful. You should be ashamed of yourself to not only generalize all Texas correctioinal officers but to speak about something you obviously know nothing about. I am not saying every C.O. is an upstanding citizen but most do their job by the book follow TDCJ procedure and keep some of the most foul criminals in the state of Texas where they belong! Let's have an inmate through feces and urine on you physically or verbally abuse you,intimidate and threaten your family and see how sweet you would be to these offenders. People like you deserve to walk in one of these Officers shoes and see how long you would last.

I have just been released from Dawson State Jail on January 10,2013 and had served a year sentence and the correctional officers are a joke. They sit on their butts all day long and do nothing. You run out of toilet paper, well, use your hand they say. I paid 60 dollars for a drug class and waited an hour for a "ride" on the elevator and every officer told me no because i was on the 10th floor-so that was money lost. They need to be shut down. They are a joke and have absolutely no structure.

pelicun stew you dont know what your talking about,yes theres some but most are hard drug sellers to our young people or worse sex offenders!We do have to many long sentance offenders locked up and could reduce some,but still need to keep them locked up,and a problem solver would use DP more!

All Rick and Dewhurst want to do is sell the state property to their real estate and land developer friends at below market value just like the Houston developer who bought the prison property in Sugarland and donated millions to the Rick Perry campaign funds. Another is Cliff Johnson who was on the State payroll as advisor to Perry and bought so called unproductive prison land in Anderson county at below ($300 to $500 per acre) market value. This land was some of the most fertile land that was used to grow produce but is now used to sell hunting trips to the wealthy friends of the governor and Lt. Governor. Another name that need to be looked at is Dr. McFarland who also supported Rick Perry and received 2000 + acres of prime Prison property that was part of the Coffield Unit in Anderson county that was also declared unproductive (but was very fertile land) at below market value and is making millions by selling hunting trips. According to some the purchase that Dr. McFarland made was being investigated but the investigation was stopped by Perry.
PERRY WAS DECLARED A MILLIONAIRE IN DECEMBER 2009 BUT HE DID NOT DO THAT ON HIS SALARY AS GOVERNOR. HIS EXPLANATION WAS HE MADE IT THROUGH REAL ESTATE DEALS....SURE DID BUT THE REAL ESTATE BELONGED TO THE CITIZENS OF TEXAS
NOW THEY WANT TO CLOSE MORE OF THESE PRISIONS SO THE CAN SELL THE PROPERTY OFF AT BELOW MARKET VALUE TO MORE OF THEIR DEVELOPER FRIENDS!!!!

CLOSE ALL OF THEM AND RELEASE THE CRIMINALS BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES BECAUSE TEXANS DO NOT WANT TO PAY ANY TAXES AND THAT IS HOW PRISONS OPERATE AND THE CORRECTIONAL EMPLOYEES KEEP US SAFE.

Well if the prisons here where not full of Marijuana users maybe it would not cost $3 billion to house the real criminals.

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