Skip to main content

TribBlog: A Felony For You, a Felony For Me

Criminal justice blogger Scott Henson is reporting on Grits For Breakfast that lawmakers put 59 new felonies on the books during the last legislative session.

Criminal justice blogger Scott Henson is reporting on Grits For Breakfast that lawmakers put 59 new felonies on the books during the last legislative session. That brings Texas' grand total up to 2,383 felonies.

Henson writes: "Shannon Edmonds at the Texas District and County Attorneys Association previously had said they'd counted 40 new felonies among all the bills that passed this year. Apparently they missed another 19. Shannon says prosecutors hate new crimes, and certainly one wonders how anyone is supposed to prosecute them if the DAs don't know they exist?"

Henson notes that there are still only 11 Texas felonies involving, yes, oysters. Thank goodness!

The Texas Tribune Member Drive Fall 2021 banner

Support public-service journalism that’s always free to read.

Yes, I'll donate today