Now, this is the kind of news I like to hear coming out of Sheriff Gonzalez’s office.
For years, Harris County has spent millions transporting and warehousing inmates in private jails and prisons because of overcrowding. Sure, the article states that this was done mostly for budget savings and to curb overcrowding, but these private jails are badly run with little oversight. Still, it’s good to see the Sheriff take action on the matter.
“I simply think we incarcerate way too many folks; and there is a cost associated with that. Whether it be the cost of daily housing or sometimes outsourcing inmates. So I think that we need to change those practices… And that’s why I’m a big advocate for reform, and really addressing our mass incarceration complex that we have in this country,” Gonzalez said.
He says there are also other benefits to bringing inmates back in-house.
“We have more control of what we’re doing. You know, the medical records, things like that,” Gonzalez said.
Another benefit? Loved ones can visit inmates, without having to travel to other municipalities or cities.
There are still some major systemic problems that need to be dealt with, but, I guess culture change takes a lot of time to achieve buy-in and implementation. At least that’s what I keep getting told by the local experts.