Saturday, March 25, 2006

Texas entering jail building boom?

Staff at the Texas Commission on Jail Standards reported to the commission in February that "Fifty-one (51) jails are in the planning stages, and eleven (11) jails are under construction. (See their minutes, pdf, p. 10.)

That would be a major jail building boom.

According to the staff report, 250 jails are currently operating in Texas (213 presently are compliant with state standards and 37 are noncompliant). They are collectively operating at 81.39% capacity, though "as of January 1, nine jails were at more than 100% capacity."

See the most recent Texas jail population report (pdf).

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