Thursday, December 1, 2011
Texas prison records show how many convicted to prison with no parole
A review of Texas prison records shows juries around the state have sent 398 convicts to prison with no chance of parole in the six years since the life without parole law took effect.
Texas was the last state with capital punishment to adopt life without parole as a sentencing option in capital murder cases. The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday that 110 of the sentences of life without parole came in Harris County, more than a quarter of the state's total.
Harris County also has more offenders on death row than any Texas county. In the same time since the law went into effect in September 2005, 11 convicted killers have wound up on death row from cases in the state's most populous county.