Governor Perry abolished the agency that used to make such projections, and the new one charged with that task, the Legislative Budget Board, got it wrong, predicting prisons wouldn't reach capacity until October.
The article seems to push the idea of building a new prison as the only option, and speculated that Governor Perry may call for building more facilities in his January 26 State of the State speech. But that's financially unrealistic, and bad public policy. Grits has covered the topic extensively, see
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