State budget moves to close Dawson State Jail on banks of the Trinity River. But TDCJ still has final say.

May 29, 2013
Dallas Morning News

“This victory gives us tremendous hope and momentum,” says Kymberlie Quong Charles of Grassroots Leadership, a coalition of groups that’s been pushing for Dawson’s closure. “Texas is the birthplace of the modern private prison industry. If we can get the Texas legislature to agree that private facilities are not working for our state, that’s good news for the national movement against for-profit prisons.”