A Partnership to Strengthen the Community and the Men Serving Time at the Lindsey State Jail

From the time that MTC began operating the Lindsey State Jail in Jacksboro, Texas, in September of 2017, the facility has strived to become an active part of the community which has been very receptive and has welcomed MTC with open arms.

“Anytime we call on them, they’re always willing to help,” says Grady Wallace, warden of the facility. “We sit down and visit about certain things that hopefully we can work together as a team to better build our relationships and the things that we can do here locally. We want to make sure that our staff are involved as much as we can possibly be with the things that go on in Jack County.”

Lynda Pack is the Executive Director of the Jacksboro Economic Development Corporation.

“Employees are very active in the community,” she states. “They always support what’s going on. They always have a table at the chamber of commerce banquet; they’ve received several awards actually from the chamber. They’re a very big part of the community.”

“Not only does it allow us to provide some community service work for the county and the people of the county,” describes Warden Wallace, “but it also involves are staff and lets them know how important it is for us to be those community neighbors. Additionally, you get great satisfaction out of helping the community out and doing the things that maybe they don’t have funds or the capability to do.”

The community partnership with Jacksboro and the surrounding area benefits the residents of the Lindsey State Jail as well. Lynda Pack explains.

“We have a lot of volunteers that come out here to the facility and work with the people here. That helps, I think, to show them a different way to live their life.”

Creating opportunities for change is a big part of what the facility is all about; something much appreciated by community leaders, like Lynda Pack.

“I think the things that they provide for the people that are incarcerated out here should help them get back into a lifestyle that maybe will keep them out of here from now on. That’s what I hope. That’s the big thing.”

About Lindsey State Jail

Lindsey State Jail is accredited by the American Correctional Association—achieving
over 99% compliance for both mandatory and non-mandatory standards in its most
recent audit. Other certifications include the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).