Dear Citizens of Brazoria County:
I was recently shocked and disappointed to learn that without notice, to elected state officials or county officials, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) recently transferred a large percentage of its COVID-19 positive cases to Brazoria County prison units. This is an appalling and unconscionable lack of transparency by the TDJC and a total disregard for public safety during this Public Health Emergency. We as citizens recognize our duty to assist others, and Brazoria County residents are more than happy to contribute their fair share to help. However, TDCJ’s actions have placed a disproportionate impact on Brazoria County citizens and their resources. This impact is not the fault of any inmate or inmates. As a result, of the lack of transparency and disregard for public safety in Brazoria County by TDJC’s leadership, I have sent a letter to the Honorable Greg Abbott requesting his assistance and additional resources to protect the citizens of Brazoria County.
Brazoria County has been assured by UTMB administration that this will have minimal impact on UTMB Angleton Danbury Hospital Campus. You may find my letter to Governor Abbott posted on Brazoria County’s website. It is my goal and the goal of Commissioners’ Court to, at all times, protect the citizens of Brazoria County.
L.M. “Matt” Sebesta, Jr.
Brazoria County Judge