What happens when nearly 200 of the most dangerous sexual predators in Texas finish their sentences, but are too dangerous to be released?
The West Texas town of Littlefield has agreed to reopen an old prison to take in hundreds of the most violent sex offenders in the state as part of a “civil commitment program”, according to an October story on WFAA.com.
The town’s claim to fame is that it’s the birthplace of country music star Waylon Jennings, however it’s been struggling economically for years. That’s why some residents are glad to see the prison be reopened. The prison is expected to add a hundred new jobs – a decent boost for a tiny town such as Littlefield. Not all the residents are happy, of course. Many feel that this move puts their families in danger, as it’s a medium-security prison, and these offenders committed especially heinous acts.
The alternative to sending the sex offenders to the Littlefield prison would have been to give them ankle bracelets and send them home.
Texas is not the only state facing such situations. Last month, the New York Times reported on the nationawide issue of what to do with sex offenders after they’re released. You can read that article here.