Local DA Says More Prisons Needed

Randall County District Attorney James Farren
Randall County District Attorney James Farren

A local district attorney is warning prison under staffing will only continue to get worse until we build more facilities.

Randall County District Attorney James Farren says we will continue to undergo prison overcrowding... And warns it will only get worse.. that is unless we start building and start building now.

Farren says, "As the state population grows the population of criminals grows and as the population of criminals grows we need more prisons."

He says there will always be a healthy prison population to deal with, since history has shown some criminals are repeat offenders.

"80 percent of all crime is committed by 20 percent of the criminals. Most people who commit crimes, commit crimes one time in their life and they are punished for it and they decide that's not a good idea and they do that anymore, but 20 percent of the criminal population commits crime after crime after crime."

Farren says we need to stay one step ahead of population growth with our prison system so we always have enough room.

Currently Texas has 106 prisons and more than 23 million residents in the state.