Where are your imprisoned loved ones? Saturday, thousands of inmates from three different Texas state prisons were evacuated. This was due to the continuous floods due to Hurricane Harvey heavy rains.
These evacuated facilities are located in Rosharon, Texas. Nearby Brazos River continues to rise from Tropical Storm Harvey. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice transported about 4,500 prison inmates from the Stringfellow, Terrell and Ramsey units. All of these Rosharon units are located just south of Houston.
NY Times reports that the prisoners are supposed to be transferred to other East Texas state prison facilities. Transfers are taking place via prison buses, which are manned by prison staff and correctional officers.
Texas: Where Are Your Imprisoned Loved Ones Now?
Robert Hurst is one of the criminal justice department’s public information officers. He assures the public that prison authorities are doing their best to keep everyone safe during the Hurricane Harvey prison evacuation process.
Hurst never said for sure where the Texas state prison inmates will be taken during the Hurricane Harvey inmate evacuations. He didn’t even mention how long the entire process might take.
Prison Visits Eliminated During Hurricane Harvey Evacuations
One thing we do know, is that these inmates will not be allowed any prison visits while they’re away from Rosharon. None of these prisoners will be allowed to use the designated receiving units for in-person prison visits.
However, according to the criminal justice department, they will be allowed to use the inmate telephone system to keep in touch with worried loved ones.
Texas Prison Authorities Claim to Be Ready
Friday night, Hurricane Harvey made its landfall debut in Texas. This Category 4 tropical storm continued gushing out heavy rains, causing serious flooding by Saturday.
By Friday, all prison visits for no less than 29 Texas state prisons within the storm’s vicinity had been canceled. Executive director of the criminal justice department, Bryan Collier, says authorities plan for such weather disasters every year in Texas.
In a Facebook statement, Collier said that the department’s command center operates 24/7. And, they are always ready to act.
Famous Prisoners Among Hurricane Harvey Evacuees
All three of the Texas state prisons evacuated because of Hurricane Harvey are all male facilities. Neither one houses any death row inmates.
- Shawn Allen Berry – Convicted of racially motivated murder of Black Man James Byrd, Jr., along with two other white men. In 1998, they tied Byrd to the back of a car and drug him to death.
- David Owen Brooks – Dean Corll was convicted of the Houston mass murders that took place in the early 1970s. Brooks was convicted as Corll’s accomplice.
So, Texas, do you know where your incarcerated loved ones are right now? Has your loved one been evacuated from a Texas state prison, and been lost in the system? How do you find prisoners in the instances? Share your thoughts and concerns with us in the comments below.
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