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Fri Jul 31, 2015, 01:41 PM

State to house sex offenders at Littlefield

AUSTIN A long-running crisis over where to house Texas' most violent sex predators appeared solved Friday as officials announced they have contracted to house them at a long-vacant lockup in remote West Texas.

Marsha McLane, director of the Texas Civil Commitment Office, said Nashville-based Correct Care Recovery Solutions will house 190 offenders at the privately owned Billy Clayton Detention Center in Littlefield, about 36 miles northwest of Lubbock, starting Sept. 1.

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State officials had been scrambling for more than a year to find a place to house the offenders, all of them ex-convicts who had served their prison time for sex crimes but who continued to be held in custody because they had been deemed a continuing danger to society.

Halfway houses in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and El Paso that held most of them had demanded that state officials relocate the men by Aug. 31, because they needed the space for regular parolees and wanted to avoid getting drawn into growing litigation over the troubled program.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/State-finally-finds-facility-to-house-sex-6417508.php

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