EXCLUSIVE: Border Surge, COVID-19 Creates Capacity Issue for Texas County Jails

EXCLUSIVE: Border Surge, COVID-19 Creates Capacity Issue for Texas County Jails


A law enforcement source within the Texas Department of Public Safety informed Breitbart Texas about capacity issues at county jails in the southwest Texas border region. The source says it is increasingly more difficult to find space for wanted criminals and others they encounter along the border.

A Texas DPS official spoke with Breitbart Texas on condition of anonymity about the increasing jail overcrowding issue being faced by Texas border sheriffs due to the border surge and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Breitbart Texas then spoke with several county sheriffs who addressed the capacity issues they are facing. Increases in human trafficking crimes resulting from the surge of migrants along the southwest border is only one part of the problem.

Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez of Val Verde County said he is confronted daily with capacity-related issues.

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“Our facility deals with a population at it’s lowest, from 68 inmates to a

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