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Potentially Dangerous Inmates to Be Released in Amarillo

by: Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Potentially dangerous inmates will now be released from the Clements Unit in Amarillo.

Up until now, when it was time for them to leave, all inmates from state prisons across Texas were shipped down to Huntsville... That's where their paperwork was completed and they were sent walking out the door.

But now, thanks in large part to statewide budget cuts, they will be released at regional facilities to avoid transportation costs.

The Clements Unit anticipates releasing about 3 or 4 inmates a day, with the first man leaving on June 9th.

Warden John Adams say, "If their families don't have the means to come pick them up, we will take the offender, they're given a 50 dollar release check when they're released. We'll take them to the bank. We'll cash the check. We'll take them to the bus station, give them a bus voucher to take them wherever they need to go to."

There are some people who will have to make the trip to Huntsville anyway. Offenders who are violent in prison, sex offenders, those with mental problems and gang members will not be released at the Clements Unit.

There are a large number of inmates set to be released who are from our area. There are 219 from Potter County and 44 from Randall County. 

The Warden tells us he plans on contacting both sheriff's departments, the district attorneys and Amarillo Police every time they release anyone, whether they think they'll leave or stay in the area.

He says that's important because then authorities will be aware of any potential problems.

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