250,000 people from Texas are behind bars today
Rates of imprisonment have grown dramatically in the last 40 years
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Today, Texas’s incarceration rates stand out internationally
In the U.S., incarceration extends beyond prisons and local jails to include other systems of confinement. The U.S. and state incarceration rates in this graph include people held by these other parts of the justice system, so they may be slightly higher than the commonly reported incarceration rates that only include prisons and jails. Details on the data are available in States of Incarceration: The Global Context. We also have a version of this graph focusing on the incarceration of women.
People of color are overrepresented in prisons and jails
See also our detailed graphs about Whites
in Texas prisons and jails.
Texas's criminal justice system is more than just its prisons and jails
Our other articles about Texas
Visitation rights in Texas facilities
- How bail systems in Texas hurt women
- Travis County, Texas: A Case Study on Video Visitation
- In-person visits return to jails in Travis County, Texas!
- In-person family visits will return to Austin, Texas
- Texas lawmakers approve in-person visits for jail inmates, KTXS and The Associated Press, May 25, 2015
- Texas House Passes County Jail Visitation Bill by Grassroots Leadership, May 11, 2015
- Dallas County Jail Telephones Cost Extra if You Pay With a Credit Card, by Amy Silverstein, Dallas Observer, December 5, 2014
- Dallas County approves video visitation contract
- Dallas County rejects Securus video visitation contract!
Prison-based gerrymandering in Texas
- Texas counties favor fairness and common sense over prison gerrymandering
- Avoiding prison gerrymandering is often a matter of common sense: Texas and Louisiana research update
- Prisoners lack vote, yet they shape vote, by Jonathan Tilove, Austin American-Statesman, November 30, 2013 (behind a paywall)
- Rural counties treat prisoners as political footballs when drawing electoral districts, Grits for Breakfast, December 3, 2013
- Where should inmates be counted for redistricting?, by Tom Howe, Texas House Research Office, Interim News, August 12, 2010
- Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in Texas, by Peter Wagner and Rose Heyer, November 8, 2004
Other issues in Texas