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For the First Time, Texas Closes a Prison

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SUGAR LAND, Texas - History is being made on a former sugar
cane plantation in suburban Houston with the dismantling of a piece
of Texas history.

The inmates are gone now from the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice Central Unit west of Houston in Fort Bend County. It marks
the time Texas has shut a prison without replacing it.

The site is without prisoners for the first time since convicts were brought in some 130 years ago to work the sugar fields at a plantation that became the first modern prison in Texas in the 1930s.

The new state budget taking effect next month included no
funding for the prison. The site will be transferred to the Texas
General Land Office and be sold or leased.

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