6.19.2009

74,283

That's the number of people sent to prison (and that does not include local county jails for misdemeanor offenses) in Texas in FY 2008. Yep, that's in one single year. And 35% of those were for drug offenses. Incredible. Full pdf report.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just saw those pictures of people from Denton that had been arrested. Look at all the drugies and you will understand why the numbers are so high on the TDCJ report.

M-M said...

Observations:
-Middle aged males are stupid.
-84% are males. Women are angelic. Ha Ha.
-Pretty equal numbers between the three major races, except when you consider the population of each.
-Come on Barry, lay off the efforts of the drug war. It pays a lot of your salary doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

Funnney!! All this time we have been told the evil white man was getting a break & the minorities were put in jail more often than whitey. Looks pretty even to me. What am I missing??

Anonymous said...

Maybe you defense attorneys should do a better job!!

Anonymous said...

9:44 Blacks are 10% of the general population and 27% of the prison population. Whites are 50+% of the general population and 24% of the prison population. If you think that is "pretty equal" then you were educated in Arkansas.

Anonymous said...

Legalize mary jane.

Tha tha tha that's all folks.

Double Fake Porky Pig

Anonymous said...

not to mention all the meskins listed as white, just look on wcso database at the inmates and there's not one single hispano. wtf is up with that ?

Anonymous said...

I would have thought and hoped it would have been more.

Thinking about it, I know at least a couple hundred thousand that should have been locked up this year.

I seen 'em do it.

Bull

chupacabra said...

Asinine. One of these days we'll run out of money or jail space. Oh wait...

Anonymous said...

That proves drug user's and pusher's are not too bright. They know that they are doing something illegal, they know they are going to get caught and they know that they are going to prison for a long time, yet they continue...

Anonymous said...

They get slaps on the wrists and then they're let go. System isn't working that way.

Gorilla said...

I think we should start sending the message of "don't do drugs" to kids at an early age. That way if they learn not to do drug early on, then they will not do them as adults and then get sent to prison.

Stationary Gypsy said...

To the poster wondering why the Hispanics were listed as 'white', that's because 'Hispanic' just means Spanish-speaking; it is not a racial designation.

The official racial designations are limited to about 5 or 6 designations which presents a problem for mixed-race individuals. Tiger Woods marks 'Asian' as that is the predominant racial tag for him.

Mexican-Americans are of Caucasian (from the conquerors)/native Indian racial ancestry. I don't know if many choose to report themselves as indigenous people.

wordkyle said...

From the NORML website: "With no prior felony convictions, if convicted of possession of less than one pound of marijuana a judge must impose a sentence of probation with mandatory drug treatment." That's mandatory no-jail time for a first offense. What part of illegal did these folks not understand? (Although the passage quoted above is phrased poorly by NORML; I don't think the judges are the ones in possession. Evidence that pot deteriorates one's ability with written language? No wonder Libertarians have so much trouble getting their message out.)

Anonymous said...

10:40 - "9:44 Blacks are 10% of the general population and 27% of the prison population. Whites are 50+% of the general population and 24% of the prison population. If you think that is "pretty equal" then you were educated in Arkansas."

Implied racial profiling? How do you explain 85% male incarcerations and 15% female? Gender profiling? Nah, couldn't be - men just commit more crimes right? Doesn't work for race that way though does it? Cognitive dissonance is a bitch ain't it?

Anonymous said...

10:40 And what about the hispanic population compared to the whites. Oh yeah, we can't put illegals in jail or that % would be even higher and I believe they now outnumber whites in Texas. Put that in your liberal pipe and smoke it. I wasn't educated in Arkansas, but like all good libs, you start attack by insulting. Grow up.

RPM said...

How many of those drug convictions were for marijuana? It's time to end this senseless prohibition and it's failed legacy.