In the 16th century another prison, for women, was built on the ground floor at the back of the building.
In the 1980s the government of Texas began building more prisons.
The district office, police station, court and prison were built in the town.
One bill would give states $3 billion to build more prisons.
Another $10 billion will go to states to build prisons.
The $85 million prison was built with money from a 1982 bond issue.
The prison was built in stages from 1849 to 1864.
In 1903 a prison was built to hold female prisoners.
Between 1753-61 a new prison was built outside the city walls, which remained in use into the 20th Century.
"I said wait a minute, they must be building more prisons."