Jester I Unit, adult correctional facility in Richmond, closes permanently

The Jester I Unit in Richmond closed permanently in September. (Courtesy Pexels)
The Jester I Unit in Richmond closed permanently in September. (Courtesy Pexels)

The Jester I Unit in Richmond closed permanently in September. (Courtesy Pexels)

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice permanently closed the Jester I Unit, a facility that formerly housed male substance use offenders, in September, according to TDCJ Communications Director Jeremy Desel.

In April, offenders who had been previously hospitalized with the coronavirus were transferred into the unit; however, these individuals were relocated prior to the unit closing.


The TDCJ has closed several facilities statewide this year as the prison population is down by 18,000, Desel said.


www.tdcj.texas.gov
By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.