In recent years, Texas has received national media attention for successfully slowing its prison population growth. Several rounds of multifaceted legislative reform over the last decade led to an expansion of earned time credits, more funding for community-based treatment programs, and limits on the use of imprisonment for technical violations of probation supervision. Additional opportunities remain to reform Texas’s safety and justice policies. The imprisonment rate began to level in the early 2000s and has declined in recent years — partly as a result of accelerated population growth in the state — but is still seventh highest in the nation.
Alliance for Safety and Justice is partnering with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and the Texas Smart on Crime Coalition to shrink waste in the Texas justice system, advance alternatives to incarceration and push for new safety priorities rooted in crime prevention and rehabilitation. Additional ASJ partnerships are being explored and developed as our efforts are just beginning.