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Resident at halfway house for parolees in El Paso is diagnosed with coronavirus; over 50 others quarantined

The El Paso Transitional Center on Horizon Blvd. is a halfway house for parolees.

EL PASO, Texas -- A resident at a halfway house for state prison parolees in far east El Paso County has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and over 50 other residents at the facility are now being quarantined.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility called the El Paso Transitional Center is located at 1650 Horizon Blvd., just outside the Horizon City limits.

"The parole client is a resident of the facility there in El Paso (and tested postive at a local hospital). He has returned to that facility where he is in medical isolation," TDCJ spokesman Jeremy Desel told ABC-7.

The other 56 residents who were around the infected former inmate have been placed under what Desel called "medical restriction."

"Medical restriction is where folks that are non-symptomatic, but as a result of a contact investigation could potentially been exposed, are kept for at least 14 days. Temperatures are checked twice a day and they are monitored for signs or symptoms of Covid-19," Desel explained.

According to the TDCJ's website, the facility has the capacity to hold up to 200 men. It is operated by CoreCivic Inc., a subcontractor who runs a number of halfway house locations across the state for the TDCJ.

The facility over the years has regularly had residents, among them sex offenders, walking away from the facility; the center is currently on a lock down due the virus situation.

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  1. Who in their right mind, definitely not governors of certain states, want to release prisoners and keep them in place and then have these people run the streets to catch and give the virus to innocent people? Now how the hell does that make sense? Please explain it?

  2. Who in their right mind lets a parolee who tests positive for Covid-19 walk out of a hospital and return to a facility with at least 56 other parolees? This is negligence beyond comprehension.

  3. I understand your frustration and angers towards the criminals being able to walk free and leave as they please but everyone seems to be forgetting about all the Parole Officers they have to see these men in the halfway house Parole Officers have to come in direct contact with these men and most these officers have family and kids they have to go home to nothing is being done to protect these officers no one knows what parole officers have to go through on a daily bases they are not allowed to work from home they are required to see their clients every week meaning they would have to go the halfway house or the jails the parole officers need justice they need to be protected just as much as any other officer or medical worker they are in danger every day

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