Questions About Texas Sentencing As Crime Rises

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Texas State Prison. Photo by Ephien via Flickr


Those who advocate against “tough on crime” policies cite Texas as the prime example of a place where sentencing regimes are more lenient for non-violent offenders, mostly in the drug trade. Chuck Devore and Randy Petersen of the Texas Public Policy Foundation maintain that the results of criminal justice reforms have been: “reduced recidivism, lower costs, and a state-wide crime rate reduced to levels not seen since 1968.” The state's crime statistics don’t paint such . . .

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