Following a declining inmate population and dangerous understaffing in Texas prisons, the state is closing two of its more than 100 lockups.
State Sen. John Whitmire,
D-Houston, announced Thursday that the Garza East prison in Beeville
and the Jester I Unit in Sugar Land would be closing soon. He said in a
statement that all employees at the closing prisons would be offered
jobs at nearby facilities, “preventing the loss of any jobs while also
addressing understaffing at other units.” A prison spokesperson said the
Beeville unit would close in mid-May, and the Sugar Land prison would
close this summer.