Whitmire, Employee Union Urge Prison Closures
POSTED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 1:33pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 1:44pm
AUSTIN, Texas — Last year, lawmakers made history when they decided to close down the aging Central prison unit in Sugar Land.
State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and a union that represents prison employees hope to make more history in 2013, suggesting the potential closure of two privately run prison facilities: Dawson State Jail in Dallas and the Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility. They also argue that Texas could save money and improve safety in prisons by releasing more nonviolent offenders on parole.
“I think the prison system, generally speaking, is being operated on good terms, but Lord knows we can continue to improve,” said Whitmire, chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. “We shouldn’t waste money on facilities we don’t need. I think we can identify one or two more of them.”
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