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Putting “Corrections” Back in State Jails

| December 13, 2012

My Right On Crime colleague Jeanette Moll has been receiving considerable attention throughout Texas for her recent publication, Putting “Corrections” Back in State Jails. The state jails were first conceived as a place to treat low-level offenders that would be more effective—and less expensive—than prison. Moll argues, however, that the state jails have drifted away from their original mission and are now indistinguishable from prisons in many respects. In fact, in terms of recidivism, the state jails may actually be less effective than prisons. Criminal justice policy in Texas has been one of the nation’s great public policy success stories over the past decade, but there is more work to be done—and Texans may want to start by improving the state jails.

Moll’s paper, published by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, can be read by clicking on the link above. You can also listen to this podcast about the paper, or watch this television news feature from KEYE TV in Austin.

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VIBRANT P. REDDY is Senior Fellow for criminal justice issues at the Charles Koch Institute. Previously, Reddy was the Senior Policy Analyst for both Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice. He has authored several reports on criminal justice policy and is a frequent speaker and media commentator on the topic. Reddy has worked as a research assistant at The Cato Institute, as a law clerk to the Honorable Gina M. Benavides of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas, and as an attorney in private practice, focusing on trial and appellate litigation. Reddy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors, Economics, and History, and he earned his law degree at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and of the State Bar’s Appellate Section and Criminal Justice Section.

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