'Unthinkable' prison closures now on table at Texas Lege

May 30, 2010 Full story: Grits for Breakfast 15

Mike Ward at the Austin Statesman has a feature today covering themes that will be familiar to Grits readers: "For Texas, a state that officials say has never closed an entire adult prison, a public discussion could be coming to do just that." The article opens: During an initial round of budget cuts for many state agencies this month, the Texas ...

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Distressed Mother

Cedar Hill, TX

#1 Aug 1, 2010
Is anyone concerned about what is becoming of the people in the TDC? there is no "correctional" in this system. The prisoners' of war are treated better and have more rights. Did anyone know that just last week an hispanic lady (emma martines) had a stroke in Dawson - was taken to the hospital and braught immediatly back because there was no one to watch after her. The inmates took care of this bed bound woman that could not even lift her head. There are approx. 3,000 people in this jail - with inhumane conditions. The surrounding counties, especially Parker County (Weathterford) are filling these systems with maximum sentancing on three misdemeanors. this means 2 years or more. One last week after years of sobriety was arrested and sentanced to 35 years????? The rapists do not get this kind of sentancing. Is anyone listening?? or if your caught in the texas judicial system, your just bad?? There was a young man in Weatherford that tried to turn himself in on a warrant and was turned away because there too full??? A young woman last summer came in for jury duty wearing the popular thong shoes - she was put in jail for the day because of improper footware!!!
Is anyone listening? They give multiple life sentances - for what??? God will judge the judges that judge HIS children at some point.
SOMEONE NEEDS TO INVESTIGATE WHY PARKER COUNTY HAS THE LARGEST DOCETT IN TEXAS!
Concerned Sister

Beaver, OK

#2 Aug 12, 2010
Does anyone know if Dawson is closing the doors? If everyone sooner or later will be going back to their original counties to finish their time? This is what I've heard but can't find any info on if it is actually happening!! Does anyone Know???
Concerned Mother

Orange, CA

#3 Aug 14, 2010
My daughter is in Dawson and I would like to know if they are going to close the doors.And where are they going to take the inmates.PLEASE I need any info.
Concerned Mother midland

Orange, CA

#4 Aug 14, 2010
If they close Dawson when&where are they putting all the inmates.
right thing to do

Hartsville, IN

#5 Aug 20, 2010
The Texas prison system is a total scam led by our corrupt officials, Yes some people belong in prison, but the laws have become a joke, and are on the books to keep the people of this once great country down. and probation only cares about their fines and to hell with anyone caught up in this corrupt system.
Concerned Mother midland

Orange, CA

#6 Sep 5, 2010
Has anybody heard anything about the closing of dawson? I heard they may send them back to the county that they came from.
These are People

Mesquite, TX

#7 Sep 5, 2010
Concerned Mother midland wrote:
Has anybody heard anything about the closing of dawson? I heard they may send them back to the county that they came from.
Hi, don't have the answer but you might go to Prisontalk Online. Pick family support and scroll down the list to the area titled Texas and check there. If you can't find an answer, you can post a question there after you register.
grannielindak

Amarillo, TX

#8 Sep 22, 2010
I think everything we have hearD about Dawson closing is rumors,,Yes it is filthy and the guards are losers...It for sue needs to be tore down,my daughter said whicH she is nearly done with her time there THANK GOD says you find roaches in your food all the time..TEAR THIS PLACE DOWN,,,
conceredparent

Salt Lake City, UT

#9 Oct 20, 2010
I have heard that there is going to be aprox. 4000 people released from Dawson in January 2010 it this true? if so are they all going to be able to go home, or back to the county to complete their sentace. Also I also heard they would be given a 2/1 credit for time served
Finepix

Pflugerville, TX

#10 Oct 20, 2010
Concerned Mother midland wrote:
Has anybody heard anything about the closing of dawson? I heard they may send them back to the county that they came from.
Geeez, shut up! You should be put in prison for being so irritating.

Since: Dec 07

Spring, TX

#11 Oct 20, 2010
right thing to do wrote:
The Texas prison system is a total scam led by our corrupt officials, Yes some people belong in prison, but the laws have become a joke, and are on the books to keep the people of this once great country down. and probation only cares about their fines and to hell with anyone caught up in this corrupt system.
Your whole state is corrupt, dufus. Take care of your own problems first. The NJ legislature is half mafia. Shut up.
These are People

United States

#12 Oct 20, 2010
Finepix wrote:
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Geeez, shut up! You should be put in prison for being so irritating.
Finepix: You mean you think a person should be in prison because they are irritating to you? Way too many people are put in prison. Do a search on the internet and you will see what I am saying. I don't think we need to add irritating you to the list.
Concerned Mother

Midland, TX

#13 Oct 24, 2010
Finepix wrote:
<quoted text>
Geeez, shut up! You should be put in prison for being so irritating.
you should be in there then you would see what we are talking about.thank u
Concerned Mother

Midland, TX

#14 Oct 24, 2010
finepix you need to have a loveone in there then u would see what we are talking about.all you care about is being irritated boo who baby
Finepix

Pflugerville, TX

#15 Oct 24, 2010
The legislature is already talking about passing new laws and increasing penalties for existing laws. If they want to close prisons how about first quit passing new laws you freakin' retards. Juries already know to give people 99 years just to make sure they don't get out in our lifetime. That in itself is creating an overload.

To Concerned Mother - my loved ones don't commit crimes. It's just the way we are. Apparantly, you were a bad mother.

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