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Texas prison population shrinks as rehabilitation programs take root

from Austin American-Statesman

In July, Texas' prison system posted its lowest head count in five years, even as the state's overall population continued to grow at a fast clip. Instead of 156,500 prisoners behind bars in Texas' 111 state prisons a year ago, the lockups now hold just over 154,000 — a drop of about 2,500, according to state statistics. Texas, which historically has had one of the highest incarceration rates per capita of the 50 states, is now in fourth place, down from second two years ago. more


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