Dallas County Gets the OK to Move More Than 900 Beds Back Into Lew Sterrett North Tower
|The Decker jail way before it was the Decker jail|
The state agreed: Jenkins' office sends word that the TCJS has OK'd moving those beds back in the Sterrett tower. Which means, per the county's release, Valdez can "depopulate the Decker jail within the month and streamline her staff to effectuate the cost savings." The county commissioners will receive a full briefing on today's decision at Tuesday's meeting.
But before then, Jenkins' office sent a release moments ago filled with huzzahs from Valdez and John Wiley Price. The former says, "In his short time in office, Judge Jenkins has already been working on our behalf in Austin to restore these much needed beds" and that "his leadership on this issue was critical to our request and subsequent approval"; the latter, "In order to manage our justice system, it is imperative that we have this facility fully operational." Jenkins -- "still recovering from surgery in Parkland Hospital after yesterday's fall on the ice,'' says the announcement -- is both "elated" and "thrilled."