No Texan should be fooled into thinking that we need more prisons to keep up with population growth or lock up sex offenders. The real question is whether we need more prisons to lock up more nonviolent drug offenders.Bingo - good stuff, Marc! Definitely read the rest.
Levin backs SB 1909 as an alternative approach, which he says would "sentence nonviolent drug addicts to community-based treatment instead of prison." The bill was voted favorably from the Senate Criminal Justice Committee yesterday. See this Grits preview of the committee hearing (SB 1909 is the last bill discussed) and also prior Grits coverage of Levin's work on overincarceration.