Steven Greenhut on States' Libertarian Approach to Crime



While the California prison system is bursting at its seams, Texas has closed three prisons. Both states have crime rates that are lower than they had been decades ago, but Texas' rate is falling faster than national trends. Crime in California is edging up slightly and its prison population is growing. California pays twice what Texas pays per year to incarcerate an inmate. Steven Greenhut highlights how the former state is beginning to learn some lessons from the latter.