|CCA Mineral Wells Facility|
The Texas Legislature has approved the closure of two Texas prison lock-ups saving an estimated $97 million over a two year period. Both prisons, which are operated by CCA ( Corrections Corp. of America), can house a total of 4,316 inmates.
The closure will affect the employment of 658 employees. Local officials in Parker County, home of the Mineral Wells facility, have voiced strong concerns for the loss of those jobs and it's potential affect on the community.
Unfortunately those concerns were overlooked. The Dawson facility has long been eyed as a potential target for closure after what a local Dallas TV station reported as " Questionable Deaths" that occurred inside the jail, along with a string of other operational issues over the years.