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Texas lawmakers unsure about state jails

Posted on July 8th, 2010 No Comments

In 1993, Texas legislators created the state jail system in order to house non-violent criminals with charges like drug possession and theft, or first-time offenders.  They feature individual housing and rehabilitation treatment programs.

Recently, some lawmakers are questioning whether the system has been successful or not.  Recidivism rates are higher than regular prisons and some believe that the original model of the system needs to be reconsidered.

On the contrary, others like Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire disagree, stating, “We created this system to take all the low-level drug offenders and property criminals out of state prisons so we’d have enough room to keep the violent offenders behind bars longer.  The system has worked well”.

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