W. Texas Jail Reopens After Being Closed for Years

Presidio County Jail passes inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012  |  Updated 11:17 AM CDT
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W. Texas Jail Reopens After Being Closed for Years

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A West Texas jail reopened Wednesday 2½ years after financial and management woes forced it to close.

The Presidio County Jail opened after it passed inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The Odessa American reports The U.S. Marshals Service also will inspect the lockup in Marfa to approve it to house federal prisoners.

Jail Administrator Mary Byrne says the Big Bend county would be reimbursed $65 a day for each federal inmate housed in the 112-bed jail.

Marfa is 177 miles southeast of El Paso, and the closest jail is the 56-bed Brewster County Jail 22 miles to the east in Alpine.

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