This commentary, written by Dianna Muldrow, originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on March 10, 2015.
When offenders leave prison after having served their sentence, the hope is that they will have learned from the experience and make a serious effort to reintegrate into the community. Ideally, they will return to their families and finish their education or gain employment. The last thing that is intended is that they exit prison more likely to offend than before.
Unfortunately, the overuse of solitary confinement in the Texas correctional system increases crime among released inmates and wastes taxpayer dollars.