Thursday, April 27, 2006


How likely are released Texas inmates to commit new crimes? The vast majority don't.

Of Texans on parole, just 11% of releasees each year are revoked, reported the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in its
self-evaluation (pdf, p. 7-8) for the Sunset Advisory Committee. TDCJ's three-year recidivism rate is 28.3%, said the report.


Catonya said...

wow - that is low.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this includes the local city and county jails in it's numbers? I somehow doubt it.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Re: City and county jails. Revocations of parolees can occur for any level of violation including low-level misdemeanors at the various discretion of the parole officer, DA, judge, etc. So that 11% revoked figure would include many who committed only misdemeanor (county jail-level) offenses, dirty UAs, etc.

By contrast, the three-year number appears to refer only to those re-entering TDCJ's custody, so basically revocations and new felonies. So if someone a) did their full time and wasn't on parole, and b) committed a new misdemeanor, not a felony, they wouldn't be included in that number.

Anonymous said...

Harvard Law Review Article
"A matter of life and death: the effect of life-without-parole statutes on capital punishment."

Reports that life-without-parole statutes result in minimal reductions in executions and greatly extended sentence lengths for noncapital offenders. References Texas' life-without-parole legislation (SB60,79th Legislature, R.S.)
Article at:

Harvard Law Review

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