In particular I want to go through the portions about Houston's crime and re-entry patterns in more detail. According to the report, just 10 of Houston's 88 neighborhoods account for almost $100 million in state incarceration costs each year. Fabelo found that 50% of former inmates returning to Houston go back to neighborhoods that account for just 15% of the population. Unsurprisingly, these also tend to be areas with the worst poverty and underperforming schools.
See additional Grits coverage from that hearing:
- Some TX prisons are 62% staffed, trustees doing guards' work
- Whitmire and Madden: Programmatic decisions, not population growth, causing prison overcrowding
- Fabelo: 'We've created the Walmart of prisons in Texas'
- Following Rissie Owens
- Fabelo: Plummeting parole rates, excessive probation revocation boost prison overcrowding
- Texas' high incarceration rate yields lesser crime reductions
- Waiting lists for programs heighten prison overcrowding
- Hearing will highlight new Fabelo report