Texas’ reputation as a lock-em-up state is losing steam. Over the last several years, Texas has closed three adult corrections facilities, reduced probation term lengths, improved funding for substance abuse treatment and other alternatives to incarceration, and helped people returning from prison to rebuild their lives. State policy-makers have also rejected various bills that would have enhanced penalties or created new crimes. All of this has begun to reduce the state’s over-reliance on incarceration without compromising public safety. Crime rates have dropped along with the prison population.
In an unexpected turn at this year’s CPAC conference, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on the main stage that shutting down prisons was good, conservative governance. (You can watch him say it in this video, also featuring EJUSA’s Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty project.)
Last week, EJUSA’s Executive Director, Shari Silberstein, traveled to Texas to spend the day with one of the leading organizations behind this change, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC).
Source:: Equal Justice USA