Joe Kegans State Jail

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Joe Kegans State Jail

Joe Kegans State Jail is a state jail of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice located along the northeast edge of Downtown Houston, Texas.[1] The approximately 1 acre (0.40 ha) facility for men is located .5 miles (0.80 km) south of Interstate 10.[2]

The detention facility building that Kegans uses first opened in February 1995 as a place to house nonviolent offenders in order to relieve prison overcrowding. The unit closed after four months of use because not enough inmates had been put there to justify the additional expenses. The building had been unoccupied for two years before it re-opened in 1997. The building was formally dedicated at 10 A.M. on Wednesday October 15, 1997. As of 1997 all prisoners at the unit are Harris County offenders convicted of state jail felonies such as non-violent property crimes.[1] The unit was named after Joe Kegans, a state district judge who died in 1997 at 69 years of age.[3]

The Kegans Jail, along with the Pam Lychner State Jail, serves state jail offenders from Harris County. Lychner and Kegans have the same wardens and management. As of 2001 Kegans serves lower risk offenders.[4]


  1. ^ a b Hanson, Eric. "Halfway house for inmates opens downtown / Nonviolent offenders to prepare for freedom." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday October 15, 1997. A29 MetFront. Retrieved on May 10, 2010.
  2. ^ "Kegans Unit." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 10, 2010.
  3. ^ Makeig, John. "No-nonsense Judge Joe Kegans, 69, pioneer for women, dies." Houston Chronicle. Tuesday January 7, 1997. A12. Retrieved on May 10, 2010.
  4. ^ "State Jail Evaluation Summary Report Kegans State Jail." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. October 2000. Retrieved on July 2, 2010.

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Coordinates: 29°45′50″N 95°21′17″W / 29.7639°N 95.3546°W / 29.7639; -95.3546