Prison closure

Posted Friday, Apr. 05, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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I have been an employee at the prison in Mineral Wells for more than 23 years, and if they do close us down it will be terrible for Mineral Wells. ("City working to ward off budget ax," March 25)

We can house inmates for less than the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. We have been in operation a long time and have had very few problems for a 2,100-bed facility. We haven't had anything here that any other prison in Texas hasn't had.

There are guns in all types of facilities, and cellphones and contraband. We have reduced all of these to a minimum and are proud of it.

It is too bad that TDCJ has all those empty beds, but lawmakers have been using programs that allow criminals to not go to jail and stay on the streets. That is not Corrections Corporation of America's fault.

I would ask everyone to think twice before voting over 500 people out of jobs if they close the Mineral Wells and Dawson units. A closing of the Mineral Wells facility would set the city back to the 1970s when they closed Fort Wolters.

-- Cynthia S. Rodriguez,

Mineral Wells

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