That pretty much sums up why new prisons have been placed before voters: To further the ambitions of politicians who take us for fools. Prison employees oppose new state prisons because the state doesn't adequately staff the ones we've got. At the county level the problem is more complex, but bottom line, overcrowded lockups in Texas stem far more from poor decision making by elected officials than they do concrete public safety demands, especially in Smith and Harris Counties which face controversial jail votes.
Another dose of Incarcerex won't cure what ails Texas corrections, but that's what we'll get if taxpaying voters can be convinced to foot the bill. Grits encourages Texans to vote "No" on Proposition 4, and folks in Harris and Smith Counties should do the same for county jail bonds.
Hat tip: Robert Guest at I Was The State.