The Texas Department of Criminal Justice are starting to move temporarily inmates from the Gurney and Neal Units to nearby facilities within the region..
The move is to due to a statewide decrease of inmate populations.
The TDCJ Says in 2011 there were 156 inmates and since January 2020, the number of prisoners entering the system has fallen by 18-thousand.
The population of 122-thousand is the lowest level since 1995.
The TDCJ says the decline makes it possible to temporarily consolidate staff and inmates from the Neal and Gurney units without negatively affecting public safety.
Both the Neal and Gurney units will be idled soon and be repopulated when the level of inmates returns to pre-Covid levels.
Staff from the Gurney unit will be assigned to Coffield, Michael, Powledge and Beto units, while staff from the Neal unit will be deployed to the Clements Unit , which also has vacancies.