Criminal Justice Students Visit State Jails


Criminal Justice students visit the Henderson jail facilities.

Professor Mark Dickerson accompanied 26 criminal justice students to two state jails in Henderson on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Participating students included: Ajah McCoy, Alexander Duarte, Alexandria Dotson, Alexis Fields, Alicia Gillispie, Ashlyn Edwards, Brandon Medrano, Brandon Tyler, Dakota Brown, Jackson Williams, Jamia Haggerty, Jeremy Dean, John Dominguez, Juan Apolonio, Keiyana Williams, Madison Cichoracki, Michael Jones, Michael Soisson, Nash Coultas, Narce Servin, Seth Rustin, Tiffany Griffin, Trey Lindsay, Ty Weekly, Wendy Harris, and William Denison.

Dickerson arranges this field trip as a way for students to get real life experience on what it’s like in prison from an inmate perspective.

Established in July of 1995, the James Bradshaw State Jail is a privately run prison. A total of 266 employees work five different areas, including: security, non-security, education, medical, and mental health. A total of 182 security employees, 43 non-security employees, 20 education employees, 19 medical employees, and 2 mental health employees. The maximum capacity this facility houses is 1,980 male offenders.  Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) runs through a private contract with this facility. In addition to incarceration, the James Bradshaw State Jail prepares inmates for real life outside of prison, providing educational opportunities including GED, adult basic education classes, vocational training in carpentry, masonry, and electrical. Inmates are offered life skills, parenting courses, support groups, and substance abuse treatment.

East Texas Treatment and Multi-Use Facility is a minimum security prison. Management Training Corporation (MTC) is the private company that runs East Texas Treatment Facility. Inmates are classified as DWI offenders, substance abuse offenders, and probation/parole inmates. The maximum capacity this facility houses is 1,400 male and female offenders. The DWI program houses a maximum of 500 males, the substance abuse felony program (SAFP) houses a maximum of 336 males, the intermediate sanctions facility (ISF) houses 224 females, and 1,176 males. In addition to incarceration, the East Texas Treatment Facility prepares inmates for the real world, providing services and  different types of programs including life skills, pre-release courses, specialized group, individual therapy, smoking cessation, computer training, parenting classes, and behavioral enhancement program.

“By taking the tour I allow students to experience first hand what they would otherwise get theoretically from a textbook, and no amount of theory can replace the actual experience of being locked up within the facility”, said Mark Dickerson.