State Closing Three Prisons Because Of Staffing Shortage


The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is announcing the closure of three state prisons in response to the pandemic. The Scott unit in Brazoria County will be permanently closed December 15th, and two units near Palestine and Amarillo will be temporarily shut down by the end of the month.

The prison agency says the pandemic has led to a reduced inmate population and a severe shortage of prison officers, leading to a consolidation of both inmates and staff in other state lockups. Three other prisons were closed in September.

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