Texas governor bans county jail visits

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Friday issued an executive order banning in-person visits at the state’s county and municipal jails. (MGN)
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Friday issued an executive order banning in-person visits at the state’s county and municipal jails.

"Jails have shown to be highly susceptible to COVID-19 surges, which is why we are focused on containing any potential hot spots and preventing spread both within jails and the community," Abbott said.

The ban does not apply to meetings with attorneys, religious leaders or members of the clergy.

“I encourage jails to utilize virtual visitation strategies to allow for visitations in a way that protects both staff and the inmate population,” he said.

Abbott earlier directed the state’s prisons, jails and juvenile justice facilities to restrict visitation.