Lone Star lockdown

Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.


Who says Texas hasn’t made progress on George W.’s watch? The JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE reports that even in the prison-happy United States, which boasts the largest prison population in the world, Texas is a standout. The Lone Star State has more people behind bars than any other state in the country, surpassing even California, despite the fact that California’s population is larger by 13 million people.

Recent Must Reads

8/26 – Black rhinos buy the farm

8/25 – 1-900-MIGRATE

8/24 – Dancehall deviants

8/23 – Stoners are better drivers

An accomplishment like that didn’t happen overnight. During the 1990s the growth rate of the Texas state prison system has been about double that of the rest of the country. As a result, today one in 20 adult Texans is in prison, on parole, or under some other form of criminal justice supervision. And here’s a Texas-sized statistic: The population under criminal justice supervision in Texas is larger than the entire population of Alaska.

ONE MORE QUICK THING:

Or at least we hope. It’s fall fundraising time, and we’re trying to raise $250,000 to help fund Mother Jones’ journalism during a shorter than normal three-week push.

If you’re reading this, a fundraising pitch at the bottom of an article, you must find our team’s reporting valuable and we hope you’ll consider supporting it with a donation of any amount right now if you can.

It’s really that simple. But if you’d like to read a bit more, our membership lead, Brian Hiatt, has a post for you highlighting some of our newsroom's impressive, impactful work of late—including two big investigations in just one day and covering voting rights the way it needs to be done—that we hope you'll agree is worth supporting.

payment methods

ONE MORE QUICK THING:

Or at least we hope. It’s fall fundraising time, and we’re trying to raise $250,000 to help fund Mother Jones’ journalism during a shorter than normal three-week push.

If you’re reading this, a fundraising pitch at the bottom of an article, you must find our team’s reporting valuable and we hope you’ll consider supporting it with a donation of any amount right now if you can.

It’s really that simple. But if you’d like to read a bit more, our membership lead, Brian Hiatt, has a post for you highlighting some of our newsroom's impressive, impactful work of late—including two big investigations in just one day and covering voting rights the way it needs to be done—that we hope you’ll agree is worth supporting.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate