Midland County Closes Court Residential Treatment Center Due To Mold 1/21/14
January 21st, 2014
Midland County, Tx
Midland County has closed it's Court Residential Treatment Center and released the 34 inmates housed there after what is believed to be mold, was discovered in the building. The treatment center is state funded drug rehabilitation program similar to a halfway house. Officials say they were there because of drug charges, usually possession. Officials stress they are not violent offenders.
In a special commissioners court...commissioners decided to pay staff furloughed by the closure. Which is just one of the many problems the county faces.
The parking lot is at the treatment center is empty after possible mold was discovered inside. Now, the inmates have been released onto the streets
"They're felons but these are non violent offenders," said George Gilles, a District Judge.
Officials say the inmates will wear ankle bracelets and must check in with their probation officers every day.
"The only thing that has changed at this point in time is that they are sleeping at their own residence," Gilles says.
Repairs to the treatment center could take about six months so commissioners are starting to create a plan for those repairs.
"Well, at this point we still need a detailed evaluation of the environmental contaminants and then Iíll be better able to address that question with the court," said Midland County Judge Mike Bradford.