Sunset Commission: TDCJ Can Improve in Communication

Five years ago, the Texas prison system was nearing a breaking point in terms of capacity. 

When the Sunset Advisory Commission was tasked with determining the future of the state prison system in 2007, the commission did not recommend the construction of more prisons. Instead, the commission recommended the expansion of parole, probation and offender treatment programs. 

“Because of that, Texas closed its first prison facility, which is historical,” said Ana Yáñez-Correa, executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, an advocacy group. “That doesn’t happen in Texas. Usually it’s ‘How many prisons can I build in ...

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