Tough Texas Gets Results by Going Softer on Crime

texassoft121In a state where more prisoners have been executed than in any other, where prison populations have skyrocketed over the last few decades, “tough on crime” is simply a way of life. But recently, Texas has been making headlines for the complete opposite – the constant influx of new prisoners has subsided, and recidivism rates are down.

How? In short, Texas got softer on crime. By keeping low-level offenders out of prisons and jails, and putting those who need mental health and substance abuse services into new programs have helped to ease the burden of overpopulation.

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