Who Killed Criminal Justice Reform in Texas?
In recent years, Rick Perry struggled mightily to live up to the expectations so many once placed on him. As Donald Trump’s Secretary of Energy, he made virtually no mark on the public consciousness. Hitting the trail during his pair of disappointing presidential campaigns, he sounded more often than not like an uninspiring small-town preacher. On one issue, though, he was occasionally able to conjure up some Old Testament grandeur. Perry often boasted about his role in downsizing the Texas prison system. When he became governor in 2000, the Texas prison population had quintupled over the previous twenty years—swelled by thousands of small-time drug offenders and others convicted of nonviolent crimes, who cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars a year to incarcerate with…View Original Post
Source: Texas Monthly