State of Texas: Taking Stock of Prison Reform

Sources: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Grassroots Leadership
Sources: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Grassroots Leadership Illustration by Joanna Wojtkowiak
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Sources: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Grassroots Leadership

While criminal justice reform efforts in Texas have gotten lots of positive press, incarceration trends are complex. Over the last decade—thanks to drug courts, diversion programs and a weakening of the tough-on-crim approach—the state prison population has leveled off. The number of juveniles in lock-up at any given time has plummeted. But Texas remains one of the biggest jailers on the planet, and federal immigrant detention centers have proliferated here.

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