The ACLU of Texas is committed to helping Texas re-envision a criminal legal system that is fair and free of racial bias, keeps our communities safe, and respects the rights of all who come into contact with it.
Texas has the fourth highest incarceration rate in the country, and many prisoners are locked up for non-violent offenses like drug possession. Incarcerating people is very expensive. Texas has an annual corrections budget of about $3 billion. That money could be better spent on education and programs to improve our communities.
We are committed to reducing the number Texans who are incarcerated and shrinking the footprint of the criminal legal system by seeking reforms in policing, reducing the number of Texans held in pre-trial detention, and seeking changes to overly harsh sentencing that have overcrowded our state’s prisons.