Central Texas county jail back in business after 6-month shutdown

Prisoners are being moved back into the Freestone County Jail, which was shut down in April because of lack of staff and maintenance issues. (Freestone County Sheriff's Office photo)
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FAIRFIELD, Texas (KWTX) Prisoners are being moved back into the Freestone County Jail, which was shut down in April because of lack of staff and maintenance issues.

By 9 p.m. Thursday 10 inmates were in the jail and they were specifically chosen to be trained to assist with “minor maintenance problems or issues that arise in operating a jail facility such as ours,” Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said in a Facebook post Friday.

“Once our jailers and inmate workers appear to have a solid grasp on the duties and responsibilities in the next few days, we will begin our second round of the repopulating process,” he said.

Shipley announced on April 5 that county was temporarily shutting the jail down and transferring inmates to neighboring Limestone County at the recommendation of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards "due to a severe shortage of manpower and trained jail staff."