Reducing Texas’ prison population through release policy changes

dc.contributor.advisorStolp, Chandleren
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDeitch, Micheleen
dc.creatorSteck, Patrick Jonathanen
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-05T18:13:16Zen
dc.date.available2011-08-05T18:13:16Zen
dc.date.issued2011-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2011en
dc.date.updated2011-08-05T18:13:26Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractTexas’ prison population has grown rapidly over the last twenty years, tripling in size from 45,000 prisoners to more than 150,000 today. This report looks at ways to reduce the prison population by changing policies affecting odds of a prisoner’s release. Often, advocates focus on sentencing reform. Yet, with nearly all prisoners returning to society after serving time in prison, the release side of the prison system should be given due attention. With policy considerations of cost, public safety, racial disparity, and impact on communities, this paper looks at how policies can be adjusted to reduce the prison population using the many “back-end” policy levers that are available. Specific recommendations include giving drug offenders slightly greater odds at release and making a concerted effort to reduce the racial disparity in prison release practices.en
dc.description.departmentPublic Affairsen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3557en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3557en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectPrisonen
dc.subjectParoleen
dc.subjectPrisonersen
dc.subjectTexasen
dc.subjectUnited Statesen
dc.subjectPublic policyen
dc.titleReducing Texas’ prison population through release policy changesen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentPublic Affairsen
thesis.degree.disciplinePublic Affairsen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Public Affairsen

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