|Central Prison Unit/ Houston Chronicle Photo|
After news was released here that TDCJ would be closing the doors of the 102 year old Central prison unit in Sugarland, there has been little or no other information offered to it's staff. Although the agency states that the unit will not be funded after August 31st, the actual "final call" will be as late as December according to what some agency administrators are saying. Employees residing in state housing at the unit are said to have been given an August 31st deadline to be out of their houses. Those employees will then remain in limbo until they are transferred to other units in the area and beyond.
Many employees we spoke with are aggravated that the agency has not opened up positions in Region III for them to apply for. There are no security related jobs posted in Region III as of today. Being unable to apply for internal positions and not knowing when they will be released to transfer is taking a toll on some staff members we are told. The only two positions verified as being administratively moved to other units as Central closes are the unit Major and Captain. Others still have not been addressed.
Another employee we spoke to via email stated " We personally have small school age children that will need to be enrolled in school somewhere prior to August 31st. School starts the week before that and at this point none of us with families know where we will end up. We understand the issue wasn't created by TDCJ, and all we ask is that we know something soon so we can make arrangements and continue on with our lives."
This seemed to be the general consensus in the dozens of emails we received regarding the Central unit's closure. Employees weren't displacing blame on the agency for the closure. Only aggravated that no one in an administrative position has addressed the issues surrounding the closure and the plan as to where employees will be able to transfer to and when.