In reporting crimes, arrests, trials, convictions and sentencing, questions often surface regarding the difference between prison and state jail.

Prior to 1993, The Texas Department of Corrections faced a multitude of issues related to record overcrowding. So much so, that lawsuits were filed by inmates, inmate family members and yes, even the federal government.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.​

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