Huffington Post Op-Ed – California Lagging Far Behind Texas On Criminal Justice

Posted: 8/8/11 05:13 PM ET – Timothy P. Silard, President, Rosenberg Foundation At one time, Texas built prisons as fast as it possibly could. Now, the state is reforming its criminal justice system by focusing on community-based supervision, rehabilitation and treatment programs — and it is putting its money behind that plan. As a result, for the first time in its history, Texas is shutting down an adult prison, saving the state $25 million over the next two years. In doing so, it joins a nationwide trend of states that are moving to shutter expensive prisons, reversing a 40-year prison boom. Michigan, for example, has closed 21 facilities as a result of parole and sentencing reforms, according to a recent report. California, unfortunately, is not currently part of that trend. [More:  ]

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Huffington Post Op-Ed – California Lagging Far Behind Texas On Criminal Justice

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