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Dallas state jail, Mineral Wells center to close


DALLAS (AP) — State prison system officials have decided to not renew contracts for operating the privately managed Dawson State Jail in Dallas and the Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Center.

Jason Clark, who’s a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, says the contracts with Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America will be allowed to expire Aug. 31. He said inmates will be moved to other state jails and transfer centers.

The Mineral Wells minimum-security prison has a capacity of 2,100 inmates but housed just 796 inmates as of Tuesday. The Dawson State Jail near downtown Dallas housed 2,201 inmates.

The Legislature removed more than $97 million allocated for the facilities, citing declining inmate populations in the state prison system.

Dallas city officials have long wanted to redevelop the Dawson site.  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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