Tribune publisher Evan Smith noted recently that fully 1/3 of the Tribune's traffic goes to database applications like this one, so it sounds like Matt Stiles is earning his keep.
We've received much feedback from readers about our Texas prisons database, which has detailed records about inmates, their crimes and the units where they're serving sentences.
Among the ideas was to add more information about where inmates lived before prison and where the crimes were committed. We now have that functionality.
In the app, each of Texas' 254 counties has a landing page that includes a list of inmates as well as visualizations of the ethnicity and gender of the inmates. There's also a bar chart that shows the distribution of sentence lengths.Here's the page for the state's most populous county, Harris.
Here's the page with county by county stats. Matt asked for more suggestions on useful data to gather and publish, so be sure to offer them here if you have any.