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Security Concern for Texas Prisons

NCJ Number
Corrections Today Volume: 63 Issue: 6 Dated: October 2001 Pages: 124-125,129
Glen Castlebury
Susan L. Clayton
Date Published
3 pages
This article examined the security concerns of celebrity/high profile prisoners in Texas prisons
This article reviewed the Texas prison system’s handling of celebrity and other high profile inmates. Plans and decisions for housing high-profile offenders are a collaborative effort between the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s (TDJC) executive director, the head of the Institutional Division, the classification office, and the warden of the receiving unit. Local law enforcement and the Texas Department of Public Safety also are often involved because of the logistics of moving high profile offenders across Texas. This article examined issues such as the administrative segregation, protective custody, celebrity considerations, and media access to high-profile inmates. Size is clearly an advantage to the Texas prison system when placing high profile and high-risk inmates. With 116 units spread across the State, including 5 new supermax units, officials can find a suitable and safe place for whomever comes into the system.