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Restorative Justice In Texas

Past, Present & Future

This report highlights several existing successful restorative justice programs in Texas and offers recommendations based on effective restorative practices in other jurisdictions. Because crime is first and foremost an offense against the victim — victims should be provided with enhanced restitution, greater input in sentencing, and a mechanism for securing prosecution when local prosecutors decline to act. With the state's prisons approaching capacity with 150,000 inmates and more than half a million Texans on parole or probation, the key to reducing long-term incarceration and supervision costs is lowering the recidivism rate through initiatives such as victim-offender interaction programs that emphasize accountability and penance.