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The Bexar County Jail tops the list as the worst in the United States

Texas is a large state with a diverse population, but some individuals commit crimes and may serve time in prison.

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Texas has 104 prisons and 252 county jails. Of the 104 prisons in Texas, two Texas prisons recently made the list of the worst prisons in the world.

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What is the difference between jail and prison?

Prisons fall under the jurisdiction of cities or countries and are short-term places. They are intended for people with short sentences or who are awaiting trial or sentencing.

Prisons fall under the jurisdiction of the federal or state government. They are intended for people with long sentences.

Unfortunately, Texas is on another worst list.

The worst prisons in the United States

Texas also has two prisons on this list, and one prison tops the rankings of the worst county jails in the United States.

Bexar County Detention Center

Bexar is located in San Antonio and is a minimum security prison. It was opened in 1976. The prison has 4,563 beds.

  • In September 2023, 33-year-old Manuel Perez was found unconscious in his prison cell after a medical episode
  • In March 2024, a 19-year-old man who was arrested had a gun and committed suicide in prison.
  • In April 2024, 40-year-old Duane Ventimiglia and 41-year-old Fransisco Salinas both died from medical episodes.
  • In 2022, the alternate union had to intervene due to working conditions in the prison.

The other prison in the province of Texas ended up at number 7

Ector County Correctional Facility

Ector is located in Odessa. This prison was opened in 1951 and has a capacity of 667 beds. It is known as one of the toughest facilities.

SOURCE: 10 Worst County Jails in America You Want to Avoid in 2024

If you want to avoid entering one of these provincial jails, it is advisable not to break the law.

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