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3.01.2010

Bridgeport Prisons On Chopping Block?

Probably not. But there's talk of closing some of the private Texas prisons because of an upcoming budget shortfall and both of the correctional facilities' contracts are up for renewal this year. The big one employs over 130 people. That place certainly qualifies as "out of sight, out of mind."

33 comments:

Gritsforbreakfast said...

FWIW, Bridgeport was not on the short list of facilities that either had a) bad security problems or b) powerful development interests who want the land, so I wouldn't put it high on the possible closure list at all.

Anonymous said...

One of the best kept secrets in Bridgeport. We NEED it to stay open, PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

have heard that cca may take over

Anonymous said...

bridgeport has a prison? ive lived in wise county for 13 years and had no clue bport had a prison????

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Well, I may have spoken too soon. A commenter at Grits says Bridgeport has a high cost per prisoner.

Basically the categories of possible closures include (for different reasons):

1) Units where special interests want the land for other stuff. 2) Units with high per prisoner costs. 3) Older units that struggle to meet modern security standards and cost more to operate. 4) Private units whose contracts are up. 5) Facilities with security problems. 6) Facilities (mostly in the Panhandle) where they can't find enough guards to adequately staff them.

Units in more than one of those categories are generally at greater risk. That said, Texas has never closed a prison, but the possibility was recently declared "absolutely on the table" by the House Corrections chairman, so you never know. It's easier to not re-up a contract, after all, than to fire state employees.

Anonymous said...

The citizens of Bridgeport are prisoners to high electric bills..

M-M said...

I understand the concerns for jobs, where ever a facility might be closed. But what are they going to do with the prisoners?

Anonymous said...

The prisoners would be distributed to other facilities in the state. They move them around all the time, from one to another.

Anonymous said...

If it's closed, what are the chances we could convert the Bridgeport prison into an indoor practice facility? My boys are really getting tired of all this wet, cold weather.

Double Fake Danny Henson

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport has two prisons.

Anonymous said...

12:22, use less electricity or generate it yourself.

Anonymous said...

Maybe no HOME RULE election. They have to count the prisoners to get 5,000 population.

Anonymous said...

These prisons are host to several jobs for people in our community. We need to do what we can to keep these places open. We do not need more lay offs or more people in our community without jobs!

Anonymous said...

1:35 How bout when the city tries to rip you off by $400?

Bigwillie02 said...

I bet Chico is one of the " Special " interest groups interested in the land for there half way house.

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport is a prison in some ways.

Anonymous said...

12:22, stop wasting electricity, decrease your kwh consumption, and enjoy a lower electrical bill. When you get caught stop blaming the meter reader. How many kwh did your grandparents consume?

Anonymous said...

@ 3:23
well when they don't "read" your meter, what are you supposed to do? Just get robbed by the city? or did they actually read my meter and hope i wouldn't check it? my second reading was more than 2000 kwh less than their origional reading. so they were trying to steal that from me. if i tried to take from them what wasn't mine to take i'd surely be sitting in jail. a bunch of crooks is the way i see it, from the top of the department to the guy following orders to mis read the meters...

Anonymous said...

Let the prisoners go to work for the the city of bridgeport, they are always hiring and needing good people to serve on city counsel. Yes and they could buy the building and turn it into more offices for useless jobs.Think about that super mayor.

Anonymous said...

4:21 - are you referring to Motor Mouth Majka?

Anonymous said...

No prison should be rum by an private enterprise. Convert it to state run, or close it.

Anonymous said...

3:51, a small percentage of meters are misread. Humans are not perfect. It you had not of noticed it then your next bill would have been low. It has happened to me.

Anonymous said...

The place is ran by idiots! I will say that! Poor people that have been with the company are most likely brain washed, so they would need extra training to function in normal world. So they would be doing a favor of shutting GEO down, so people would get treated fairly, but then again sorry for who gets the left overs to work for them, all they will be interested in is you policy and procedure books! Haha.

Anonymous said...

6:08, mine is mis read, a lot, a lot!

Anonymous said...

The place is not run poorly. Matter of fact it is currently being run by a person who has been offered corporated positions with the GEO Group, traveled the US getting prisons back in order, and a person who respects each employee.

If it gets shut down it will be because of no other options. It will definately hurt our community.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I disagree with ya! The people in admin and just as wacked out and the residents! Haha

Anonymous said...

Omg not corporate positions!!! That's like meeting Jesus to y'all! And most people that work there are so side ways, I wonder who they did oh excuse me, what they did to get where they are. To many lies that get covered up everyday! The place should be shut down!

Anonymous said...

11:03,
You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Keep your mouth shut.

Anonymous said...

Ask a matter of fact I do thanks! I know everyone that works in administration as well!

Anonymous said...

I worked there for 3.5 years. Private facilities like that one operate at a fraction of the cost per inmate as state run units. Their employees may not be the best, but that is because they do not pay well or provide decent benefits. But some of those employees are some of the most dedicated coworkers I've ever had. I wish them the best.

Anonymous said...

There sure are a lot of a**holes that live in Wise County that like to talk s**t. They are probably sitting around drawing welfare.

Anonymous said...

11:59 Who are you talking about. Lets put some names out there. Don't be scared.

Anonymous said...

1:19 why do you post as anonymous if you know so much?