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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Texas Running Out Of Prison Space

Texas is facing a very familiar crisis -- too many inmates with too few places to put them all.

The state's prison population is at its maximum capacity.

A new report released Friday shows the prison population topping 165,000 by 2010. That's nearly 11,000 more inmates than the system's current, total capacity.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is already taking bids from counties to lease bed space and, TDCJ is asking lawmakers for $62 million to pay for it in the next budget.


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