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

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

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 they fall under the jurisdiction of cities or countries and are short-lived places. They are intended for people with short sentences or those awaiting trial or sentencing.

Prisons subject to the jurisdiction of the federal or state government. They are for those who have long sentences.

Unfortunately, Texas is on the next worst list.

The worst prisons in the United States

Texas also has two prisons on this list, and one of them is ranked number one among 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 space for 4,563 beds.

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

A second Texas county jail was ranked 7th

Ector County Correctional Facility

Ector is located in Odessa. This prison opened in 1951 and has a capacity of 667 beds. It is considered one of the heaviest objects.

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If you want to avoid entering any of these county jails, it is recommended that you do not break the law.

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