Prisons Are Coronavirus Hot Spots. Palestine’s Got Five of Them.

Prisons Are Coronavirus Hot Spots. Palestine’s Got Five of Them.

The George Beto Prison Unit near Palestine, Texas.For more than fifty years, Palestine has been known as a prison town. Most of the time, that hasn’t been a problem. True, it was a bit controversial in the sixties when the Texas corrections department bought up 21,000 acres in this part of East Texas and built the biggest men’s prison in the state. According to Ben Campbell, a local historian and self-described “old geezer,” locals fretted at the time about the danger of escaping prisoners. The state provided steady jobs with decent benefits, however, and over the years one prison expanded into five, which can hold nearly 14,000 men. Now, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is the largest employer in Anderson County. “People love it and they hate it—it’s jobs, but it’s…View Original Post

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