Crime rates have decreased in Texas, and prison reform advocates say prisoners are being approved for parole at a higher rate this year.        

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  • Here's why the Texas prison population is shrinking
    Here's why the Texas prison population is shrinking. Crime rates have decreased in Texas, and prison reform advocates say prisoners are being approved for parole at a higher rate this year.
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