Criminal justice: Tough on crime? Check. Smart on crime? Not so much.

By , January 3, 2010 7:36 pm
AlcatrazCell
Image by armigeress via Flickr

We’re Texas and we’re famously tough on crime. So how come we still have so much of it?

Numbers from recent years show Texas near the top in adults on probation or parole, prisoners in state correctional institutions, inmates under 18 in state prisons and (here's the punch line) crimes per capita.

Somehow, somewhere, we have been doing something wrong. And that adds up to an unsatisfactory return on what will be a $10.8 billion investment in public safety and criminal justice in the state’s 2010-2011 budget.

That’s almost 10 percent of state tax dollars. By comparison, 6.7 percent goes to business and economic development and 1.2 percent goes to natural resources.

The reality is that crime stats, more than being a measure of our success in fighting crime, are a measure of our failure in so many other areas.

via Criminal justice: Tough on crime? Check. Smart on crime? Not so much..

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

Leave a Reply

Panorama Theme by Themocracy