Huntsville, Texas - The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Offender Transportation Division Wednesday assisted the Walker County Sheriff's Department in a successful and safe transfer of over 150 county inmates to the new Walker County Jail.
The new Walker County Jail was built due to the county having over 11 escapes from the old jail since it was built in 1980 and was used well past it's 25 year life span. The new facility is rated for 40 years of use. The current capacity of the new jail is 268 inmates, but can expand to a capacity of 566.
Among the inmates moved Wednesday were Howard Wayne Lewis, a former TDCJ correctional officer charged with murdering Shanta Faye Crawford and her 18-month old grandson inside a home west of Huntsville. Shanta Faye Crawford was beaten to death and her grandson Aiyden Benjamin Lewis, was found hanging from a door knob and died of asphyxiation.
The last escape from the county jail involved Trent Archie who forced his way past jailers, escaping out the front door of the jail. See Video from: KHOU Escape Video.
The new state-of-the-art, 75,000 square-foot facility on FM 2821 comes with a price tag of $18 million for the taxpayers of Walker County, which lacks any type of large taxable industry.