^
Keep Houston Press Free
4

Four-Dollar Gas Doesn't Stem Felons From Flooding Houston

Houstonians who have been hoping that high gas prices might reduce the number of convicted felons on our streets will have to keep hoping a little longer.

What's the connection between fuel and felons? Easy -- the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has announced that it's reconsidering its longtime policy which mandates that just about every inmate being released from prison get bused to Huntsville for his freedom.

From there -- with the free bus voucher newly released inmates get -- many of them head straight for Houston.

But when gas is costing four bucks a gallon, that's a whole lot of perhaps unnecessary cross-state bus rides to Huntsville. Wouldn't it make more sense to release prisoners closer to where they're actually in prison? And, as an added benefit, they wouldn't immediately head here?

Way back in May, the Austin-American Statesman reported that TDCJ was considering just such a change.

And, almost two months later....they're still considering it.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

"No decision yet," TDCJ spokesperson Michelle Lyons tells Hair Balls. "It's still in the planning stages -- looking at how it would work, where the regional release centers would best be situated, etc."

No schedule is really set for coming to a decision, either.

So, unless government bureaucracy suddenly decides to work fast -- or the price of gas rises so high it forces TDCJ's hand -- it looks like we here in Houston will still be getting the cream of the just-released ex-felon crop.

-- Richard Connelly

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.