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.