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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:50 am 
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I think this is interesting in the light that Gov Huckabee got A LOT of heat for his back then among conservatives still unpopular approach of handling crime, clemencies, etc.

If Gov Perry plans to run and make the succesful Texan reforms a topic (reforms of which he really was only on onlooker), than this is good news for Huckabee. It will take the heat off of him in an area where he was severely attacked by staunch conservatives the last cycle he ran.

And Gov Huckabee won't have any "catch-up" work to do, like the article suggests will be the case of anyone else except Gov Perry - he had a different approach before already!

Prison Reform Is Bigger in Texas

The Lone Star State has led a surprisingly progressive overhaul of its incarceration system. The story behind the bipartisan push that GOP contenders may be extolling come 2016.

It appears Rick Perry is going to run for president again in 2016.

Perry, 65, will leave the governor’s office next January after serving for 14 years, beginning in 2000, when George W. Bush resigned to prepare for the presidency. In recent months, Perry has appeared in both Iowa and South Carolina. At South by South West in Austin last month, Perry told Jimmy Kimmel “America is a great place for second chances.”

As he creeps back onto the national stage, Perry—who has overseen the executions of 268 people—more executions than any other governor in United States history—has brought with him an unlikely Lone Star State success story: prison reform.

In Texas, funneling money to special courts (like drug courts or prostitution courts), rehabilitation, and probation in an effort to make sure current offenders don’t reoffend, instead of continuing to make room for more prisoners, has resulted in billions saved and dramatically lower crime rates. In just the last three years, Texas has shut down three prisons.

He is no fool, who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose. -Jim Elliot

PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:45 pm 
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With the decriminalization of marijuana in many places, an entirely new model of treatment and rehab may soon take the place of incarceration. This is relevant in politics and can be capitalized on by an apt politician, especially in the minority communities.

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