Over the next several days, Texas Prison Bid'ness will be highlighting the top 5 private prison stories of 2011, and looking forward to the new year. The 2011 Texas legislature's attempt to increase privatization of state jails and prisons is our #5 story of the year.
Texas lawmakers met in 2011 and considered legislation that had major implications for private prisons in the state. According to the Texas Tribune, one such measure could have privatized all of Texas' state jails for low-level felony offenders. While ulitmately rescinded, the proposal was representative of bad policies that may be seen again in Texas in the future.
Nationwide there has been some success in moving state law makers to reconsider policies that have contributed to mass incarceration. This year, conservative stakeholders led by the Texas-based Right on Crime coalition, cemented a foundation of support among lawmakers in Texas and around the country to support criminal justice reforms.