Cameron County has approved placing a tent at the county jail to accommodate overcrowding.
Sheriff Omar Lucio says the tent at the Carrizalez-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito is mainly a precaution to avoid future overcrowding, which could be exacerbated by an increase in arrests during the holidays.
County commissioners on Tuesday approved the tent, which would have space for 48 nonviolent inmates. It's expected to cost from 15- to 20-thousand dollars.
County Judge Gilberto Hinojosa says the county's judicial system is rushing to process inmates as quickly as possible to avoid backlogs.
Brownsville Preceding Municipal Judge Ben Neece says judges have been granting personal-recognizance and pre-trial release bonds to help decrease the number of incarcerated people.