The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has confirmed that prison inmates could soon be released in Beeville and other regional sites around the state after they have served their time.Another important change regarding releases passed last year was a new requirement that TDCJ provide departing inmates with identification sufficient to get a driver's license from DPS. I spoke last week to the reentry coordinator from Tarrant County who told me that only recently had he met someone who actually left prison with that documentation, but most didn't have it and he didn't think it was happening yet universally.
Jason Clark, public information officer for the TDCJ in Huntsville, said the state prison agency is assessing a mandate from the Texas Legislature which requires that inmates be released from centers in each of the agency’s six regions across the state.
Clark said those centers have not yet be selected.
TDCJ’s Region IV headquarters is located at the Chase Field Criminal Justice Center southeast of Beeville. As a regional headquarters, Chase Field could be a likely site for such releases when the locations are chosen
Sixteen units are located in Region IV, including three units in Bee County.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
TDCJ preparing to use regional release facilities
The Texas Legislature last year passed a statute requiring TDCJ to stop sending all prisoners back to Huntsville for release, but instead to release them either from the unit where they're housed or "regional release facilities." Judging from this article in the Beeville Bee-Picayune, the agency has opted for the latter approach: