Hurricane Harvey-affected inmates go back to the Texas' Ramsey and Terrell units from the Estelle.
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Breaking News: Federal Judge Orders Harvey-Affected Inmates to Safer, Air-Conditioned Prisons

Do you have a loved one that has been affected by Hurricane Harvey in a Texas prison? Well, prison loved ones can rest better knowing Harvey-affected inmates are currently being moved to more comfortable, safer Texas prisons with air conditioning.

Harvey-affected inmates are being shuffled like cattle around the State of Texas.
Harvey-affected inmates are being shuffled like cattle around the State of Texas. Image Source: Texas Tribune

This is because a federal judge in Texas has ordered all prisoners moved to safer prisons with A/C. So, the Texas state prisoners are being transferred to cooler facilities.

Due to the ravages and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, thousands of prison inmates were moved to safer prisons throughout Texas. But many of these prisons have been found to be very hot, humid and uncomfortable for inmates.

Many of these inmates barely get by with fans, and their health has been impacted terribly.

To this extent, US District Judge Keith Ellison ordered that vulnerable persons such as diabetics, the obese, the elderly and people with heart conditions be transferred to air-conditioned prisons.

Thousands of Harvey-Affected Inmates Being Shuffled around Texas

  • The transfer of 3,300 inmates is currently underway, and has been since Thursday
  • Among these are over 700 that are critically sensitive to heat
  • Over 1,000 prisoners from Strongfellow Unit in Brazoria County were moved to Pack Unit in Navasota when Harvey descended
Hurricane Harvey-affected inmates go back to the Texas' Ramsey and Terrell units from the Estelle.
Hurricane Harvey-affected inmates go back to the Texas’ Ramsey and Terrell units from the Estelle. Image Source: Texas Tribune

But the Pack Unit facility was just too hot for safe living. This made the federal judge deem further stay at the facility cruel and unusual punishment.

So if you have a loved one evacuated to safer prisons during Harvey, you can be confident now they are currently being moved to more comfortable facilities:

About 710 inmates moved to the Pack Unit were identified to be very sensitive to heat. These prisoners will be moved to air-conditioned LeBlanc Unit in Beaumont.

To make this possible, over 1,100 prisoners already at LeBlanc Unit will be transferred to Gist Unit which is hot with no airconditioning.

Since the flooding from Hurricane Harvey at Stringfellow Unit has gone down considerably, about 750 inmates from Gist Unit will be moved there.

About 380 others from Gist will be transferred to Travis State Jail in Austin. And a further 380 will be moved from Austin to LeBlanc Unit.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice Obeys Court Order to Move Inmates

That is actually a very massive shakeup of inmates in Texas. And you can be certain that if your incarcerated family member or friend has been affected by Hurricane Harvey, they should have been be moved, or will be moved to, a better prison.

Obeying the court order hadn’t been too easy for the state. According to Jason Clark, spokesman for Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) said moving the inmates required significant logistical challenge:

“I can tell you that it’s not an easy process and it took a significant amount of time to determine how to comply with [the order],” he said. But TDCJ ultimately complied.

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Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.

Charles Omedo

Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.