July 6, 2017
The state of Texas’ tighter budget, combined with a shrinking inmate population, resulted in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (DCJ) being ordered to close four prisons throughout the state by Sept. 1, 2017. When all four are closed, Texas will have shuttered a total of eight prisons in six years. Three of the four units indicated below are already closed.
- Ware Unit, Colorado City
- Bridgeport Pre-Parole Transfer Facility, Bridgeport
- West Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility, Brownfield
- Bartlett State Jail, Bartlett
The DCJ owns the Ware and Bartlett facilities. The West Texas and Bridgeport units are privately owned and operated. The state will eliminate more than 2,000 beds with the closures, and the Legislative Budget Board anticipates the closures will save the state close to $50 million.
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