by Texas Department of Criminal Justice staff
Nearly 6,000 TDCJ offenders have been evacuated from 5 units as the Brazos River continues to rise to historic levels.
The Vance and Jester 3 Units near Sugar Land were evacuated Monday night. The evacuation was completed on Tuesday morning and affected approximately 1,400 offenders assigned to the two facilities. They were transported by TDCJ buses, and were accompanied by correctional officers. They will now be housed in nearby units with higher elevations and in facilities in south Texas.
On Saturday, 4,500 offenders were moved from the Terrell, Stringfellow, and Ramsey Units in Brazoria County because of the rising flood waters. They are now housed in facilities throughout east Texas.
TDCJ officials continue to monitor the situation and are working with our state partners as Tropical Storm Harvey makes its way across Texas.
- An emergency command center in Huntsville 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.