A large number of detainees with mental illnesses are held at the [Port Isabel Detention Center]. In light of recent reports of some immigrant detainees being drugged in transit and a general lack of mental health and medical care at many ICE detention facilities across the country, it's important to ask if these detainees [are] receiving mental health treatment during their evacuation and if they are being drugged during their transit.TDCJ will not evacuate state prisoners in the area. In Brownsville, Cameron County released all nonviolent misdemeanants from the local jail - about 75 people - as the storm approached, according to the Brownsville Herald. They were evacuating juvenile offenders to San Marcos, the paper reported, but apparently other adult county jail inmates will ride out the storm in the jail.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
As Hurricane Dolly hits South Texas today, I intended to write a post about all the prisons - especially a slew of privately run immigration detention facilities around Raymondville - that may have to evacuate prisoners, but Bob Libal at Texas Prison Bidness beat me to the punch. Among other interesting details, he notes:
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