HIDALGO COUNTY, TX — Chained up, crammed in, maxed out. This isn’t just how the inmates feel in Texas’ Hidalgo County Detention Facility, it’s how Sheriff Lupe Trevino feels about his biggest county problem.
“Overcrowding definitely is our number one problem,” said Sheriff Lupe Trevino, Hidalgo County.
This maximum security jail is the seventh largest jail in the state of Texas.
“The capacity for the Hidalgo County Jail is 1,232,” said Trevino. But the total number of inmates goes over 1,300, forcing many of the inmates to be outsourced.
This place holds some of Hidalgo County’s worst offenders, but which type of criminals are filling up the cell blocks the fastest?
“And that is the illegal alien bookings and the gang bookings,” said Trevino.