Lt. Governor David Dewhurst says we need more prisons because of "population growth." But from 1978 until 2004, the Texas prison population increased 573 percent (from 22,439 to 151,059), while the state's total population increased just 67 percent (from 13.5 million to 22.5 million).
That's right - a 573 percent increase in prisoners and a 67 percent increase in population over the same period.
We're not 100 percent sure what that means in the grand scheme of things, but we definitely know it's not good. — Keith Plocek