Better Late And For The Wrong Reasons Than Never

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Abby Zimet

It took a major recession, but cash-strapped states are finally turning to alternative sentencing, probation and parole methods, including drug courts, to keep non-violent offenders out of prisons that cost more money, and invariably do less good, than real life. The trend is evident in over half the states including "Hang 'Em High" Texas, where the inmate population has risen 573 percent over the last 25 years. 

 "If Texas can do it, any state
can do it," said C. West Huddleston of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

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