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Texas Legislature 2019

Built with rehabilitation in mind, Texas state jails are now viewed by lawmakers as a "complete failure"

State jails were created to help low-level drug offenders get treatment. But they offer few rehabilitative services, and their inmates are more likely to reoffend.

Travis County State Jail. Feb. 13, 2019. The Travis County State Jail on Feb. 13, 2019.

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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