Adjusting to prison release change
by Chip Latcham
Mar 17, 2010 | 1886 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Both Police Chief Joe Treviño and Sheriff Carlos Carrizales have confirmed that they have been notified that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is going to start releasing state prison inmates in Beeville in the near future.

A Texas House bill ordered the six TDCJ regions to create regional release facilities to save taxpayers money by Sept. 1.

Some residents have voiced concerns that this could result in an increased presence of undesirables, even prison gangs, in our community.

However, the police chief, sheriff and TDCJ officials all have said that they don’t anticipate any problems and that released inmates won’t hang around here long.

Treviño said he was told that the TDCJ would notify his department whenever it was going to release inmates at the bus stop at the west end of town. They will be accompanied by parole officers until the bus leaves to make sure they have indeed left Beeville.

“We’ll have patrolmen watching the area until they are on the bus,” the chief said.

The Huntsville police chief reaffirmed that prisoners do not stick around when they are released. “Most are on the bus and out,” he said.

“They’re ready to go home,” he added, which in the case of Region IV, or South Texas, generally would mean Houston, San Antonio or the Rio Grande Valley.

Usually family members who had been living near the prison units where inmates have been incarcerated will have gone back to the community where they reside to prepare for their return.

So, if all has been arranged and coordinated with state and local law enforcement, the bus service and Pantry West convenience store, all should go smoothly with this transition. Beeville area citizens certainly are trusting and hoping that no problems will occur.
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