Friday, November 4, 2011
New TDCJ figures: over 20,000 inmates convicted of DWI or non violent drug offenses. Is it really worth the cell ?
In the latest numbers released by TDCJ, figures state that over 20,000 offenders currently incarcerated in Texas prisons are convicted of non-violent drug offenses and or DWI. Texas generally spends on average of $42-$50 a day to house this class of offender. That translates into roughly 365 million dollars a year in tax payer dollars spent on these offenders alone to house them in prison. That doesn't include special needs offenders in this category requiring special medical care behind the walls. Could community or state run programs or probation programs step in and keep these offenders out of prison and still allow them to repay their debt to society ? And under what circumstances ? It may be up for debate in the Legislature soon. What are your thoughts ?