Population, Political, and Judicial Pressures on the Texas Criminal Justice System

  • Sheldon Ekland-Olson
  • William R. Kelly
Part of the Research in Criminology book series (RESEARCH CRIM.)


In the early 1970s, the Texas prison population fluctuated between 16,000 and 18,000 inmates. By 1981, it had risen to over 30,000, and by 1990, even with stringent population caps in place, it was just under 50,000 (table 2.1).


Criminal Justice System Prison Population Prison System Parole Officer Texas Department 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheldon Ekland-Olson
    • 1
  • William R. Kelly
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and DeanUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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