According to TDCJ, last year there were 72,000 prisoners released in Texas. Of those, about 30,000 were released from drug programs and state jails like those prisoners released from the Walker Sayle Unit in Breckenridge and the Havins Unit in Brownwood.
“Some released inmates from the Walker Sayle Unit (a substance abuse felony punishment facility in Breckenridge) have been brought by van to Abilene’s Greyhound bus terminal for release and transfer to their hometowns, for several years,” Bruce said. “This process is carried out on at least a weekly basis.”
Officials at the bus station, say ex-offenders have not caused any problems there, so far.
“We have never had any problems, not one little speck,” said Glenn Pinkerton, a ticket agent at Greyhound, located on Cedar Street.
This bit of new information makes me wonder: If TDCJ already releases 30,000 people a year from state jails and treatment facilities, why did the agency choose to use regional release facilities for the others? Why pay the extra transportation costs, etc.? (The legislation gave the agency the option to do it either way.) If it's possible to release inmates directly from state jails, it should be possible in TDCJ's institutional division.