Texas Passes California for Largest State Prison System; Has 154,000 Inmates


Texas now has more state prisoners than California, reports the Associated Press. The Lone Star State has 154,000 men and women in its prison system, while California has about 136,000, down from 173,000 inmates at its peak in 2006. Florida is third with about 100,000 inmates.

The California population declined by nearly 25,000 inmates last fall, when a new law took effect that shifted less serious criminals to county jails. On Wednesday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced a new round of layoffs because fewer guards and other employees are needed as the inmate population shrinks.

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