Hutchins State Jail

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Hutchins State Jail
Location1500 East Langdon Road
Hutchins, Texas (Dallas postal address)
StatusOperational
Security classmixed
Capacity2276
Opened1995
Managed byTexas Department of Criminal Justice

The Hutchins State Jail (TDCJ code: HJ) is a state prison for men located in Hutchins, a city in Dallas County, Texas, with a Dallas postal address.[1] It is a part of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The state jail serves mixed security levels, with an official capacity of 2276.[2]

History[edit]

On July 22, 2011, an inmate collapsed and died after only three days in the facility. His death was attributed to the hot environment of the prison; his body temperature was over 109°F when admitted to the hospital. His family filed a wrongful-death suit against the state, citing nine examples of Texas state inmates dying of heat-related causes in 2011 alone.[3] Larry McCollum, the individual who died, had a 12-month sentence for check fraud. As of 2023, Hutchins Unit has no air conditioning in the 9 standard housing units.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hutchins (HJ)". Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved 2022-07-22. - Despite the Dallas address, it is in Hutchins.
    "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Hutchins city, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 1 (PDF p. 2/4). Retrieved 2022-07-22. Hutchins State Jail
  2. ^ "Hutchins (HJ)". Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved 8 Aug 2016.
  3. ^ Foxhall, Emily (26 June 2012). "Family Sues TDCJ Over Heat-Related Death". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  4. ^ Flynn, Megan (2017-12-15). "As Overheated Prisoners Die, Texas Jailers to Stand Trial Over Sweltering Conditions". Houston Press. Retrieved 2017-02-18.

Coordinates: 32°39′39″N 96°42′54″W / 32.660838°N 96.714878°W / 32.660838; -96.714878