Monday, March 28, 2005


Imprisoning Texans

Total types of felonies: 1,900-plus

Texans who are convicted felons: 1 in 11

Texans currently in prison or on parole: 1 in 20 adults

Cost to build a new 1,000-bed prison: At least $85 million

Cost of operating a new 1,000-bed prison: $20 million a year

Sources: Legislative Budget Board, House and Senate bill analyses, Senate Criminal Justice Committee, House Corrections Committee