DALLAS – A Texas agency is scrambling to relocate more than 100 sex offenders after two companies backed out of a contract to provide post-prison housing.
However, officials say they're no closer to finding a solution despite inquiring about shuttered jails, holding facilities and numerous other options.
The Office of Violent Sex Offender Management is looking for a property — either public or private — that could hold the 185 former inmates who are currently under the state's care. Beyond the men currently in the program, another 178 prison inmates have been ordered to be placed in it upon their release — including 22 by the end of the year.
The agency is making another pitch Monday about a former state juvenile lockup in Beaumont, but the community there has resisted.