- Average number felons under direct TDCJ supervision: 156,981 (2004)
- Average number of Texas offenders on probation: 430,200 (2004)
- Average number of parolees on active supervision: 77,000 (2005)
- Total county jail population: 73,289 (2007)
Indeed, that's a significant proportion of Texans overall. In 2003, Texas' total adult population was 15,878,347. So about 4.6% of Texas adults, by these calculations, are under control of the criminal justice system at any one time - nearly five out of every hundred.
Texas also pays quite a lot of people to track down and confine the bad guys:
- Average total number active peace officers licensed at TCLEOSE: 84,850 (2005)
- TDCJ employees including prison guards and parole officers: Approximately 38,000 (2004)
Discussing staffing shortages at TYC with a juvenile probation chief in Lubbock on Monday, he darkly joked that we're getting to the point in Texas where half the state will be incarcerated, and the other half will be paid to guard them. The only problem with that scheme: Apparently nobody wants the job.
Data from agency evaluations submitted to the Sunset Commission, see: TCLEOSE, TDCJ, TCJS.