Nothing is small in the Lone Star State. Texas is the nation's second largest state, second most populous state, and second in gross domestic product. But with great size often comes great challenges.  In 2007, the Texas Department of Corrections warned that the state would need an additional 17,000 prison beds by 2012.  But Texas worked with Pew’s public safety performance project to significantly reduce the number of prisons it was building and increased investment in alternatives to incarceration, saving the state an estimated $2 billion.

By the numbers

  • 20% of inmates maxed out their prison terms and reentered the community unsupervised in 2012

  • 11% percentage-point decline in imprisonment rates over the five years ending in 2012

  • 19,000 number of families participating in home-based family support and coaching programs each year

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