This issue of the Texas Bar Journal examines the history of the Texas prison system, some of the programs in place to rehabilitate prisoners, and several ways the state is working to reduce recidivism. The Pew Center on the States reported in 2010 that Texas housed 171,249 inmates. The issues of incarceration, recidivism, and rehabilitation have an impact on all Texans, and most Texans have an opinion — usually a strong one — on these issues. The articles and topics addressed in this issue are not exhaustive but provide some information and insight into the challenges that face our criminal justice system. Gary Cohen provides a brief overview and history of the Texas prison system, Jason Clark writes about rehabilitation programs available through the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, while Judy Marchman looks at special courts created for veterans and Patricia Cummings shares perspectives from exonerated prisoner Michael Morton about his personal experiences. The Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors is interested in hearing from you regarding these articles as well as any other ideas or input you might have regarding content. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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