Saturday, September 05, 2009

The yin and yang of Texas justice

Yesterday I heard this story on the radio about the Texas policy of compensating the wrongly incarcerated $80,000 for every year they spent behind bars, in addition to annuity payments and free tuition at public colleges.

I think this is a wonderful policy. Considering the Texas reputation for death sentences and "decisive" justice, it's very interesting that when they make a correctable mistake (too bad if they wrongly kill you) they own up to it and try to make up for it in some way.

According to the Census of State and Federal Correctional Facilities, 2005 Texas has more correctional facilities than any other state. It's total prison population was exceeded only by California. And, oddly enough, it's number of inmates per 100k population was only exceeded by Delaware. Delaware?

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