4,500 offenders being transported to units in East Texas
Officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced on Saturday that the Ramsey, Terrell, and Stringfellow Units in Rosharon will be evacuated as the Brazos River continues to rise because of considerable rainfall from Hurricane Harvey. The units will be evacuated beginning Saturday morning. The evacuation will affect approximately 4,500 inmates assigned to the facilities. The offenders are being transported by TDCJ buses, and are accompanied by correctional officers and other staff members who have reported to work to assist in the evacuation. Offenders assigned to the units will be sent to facilities in East Texas. These evacuated offenders will not be available for visits at the designated receiving units, but will have the ability to use the offender telephone system.
TDCJ officials continue to monitor the situation and are working with our state partners as Hurricane Harvey makes its way across Texas.
- An emergency command center in Huntsville was enacted on Thursday and is operating 24-7
- Additional food and water has been delivered to receiving units
- Sandbags have been filled and delivered to affected units
- Medical staff is available to provide care to special needs offenders
- Additional staff has been called in to help affected units
Offender families may contact TDCJ’s 24-hour hotline at (936) 437-4927 or 1-844-476-1289 to obtain information about an inmate.
Updates will be added as they become available to the TDCJ Web site at http://www.tdcj.texas.gov and on the agency’s social media pages.