TX Conservative Voters Favor Drug Treatment for Low Level Offenders


As Texas legislators consider measures promoting cost-effective alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders, the Right on Crime organization issued a survey showing that an “overwhelming majority of Texas voters, including conservatives, support using the budget challenge as an opportunity to downsize our $5 billion corrections system,” says Right on Crime’s Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Grits for Breakfast blog quotes the survey of 802 registered voters as finding that 68 percent of 68 percent of conservative voters favored policymakers applying the same level of scrutiny to the size and cost of the Texas prison system as to other government programs, 77 percent of conservative voters favored requiring nonviolent, first-time felony offenders to work and pay restitution while on mandatory probation supervision to help close Texas’ budget shortfall, and 76 percent of conservatives favor stronger court oversight and mandatory treatment instead of prison for low-level drug possession offenders with no prior felonies.

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