Prisons In Texas Near Capacity, Report Warns

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Texas prisons could soon overflow as courts continue to sentence offenders directly to prison, says the Houston Chronicle. Analysts at the Legislative Budget Board, which advises lawmakers, say the 150,000-bed prison system will exceed its operating capacity next year. If current trends continue, the prisons would house 500 too many inmates by late summer 2005 and 5,000 too many by 2008, the report said. "Those are conservative numbers. I think it's even quicker than the report says, which means each legislator and the statewide leadership need to be aware of this," said Sen. John Whitmire . . .

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