AUSTIN, TX (KSLA) - Ideas run rampant at the Texas State Capitol on ways to tighten the budget and close a gaping deficit.
One proposal by State Senator, John Whitmire suggests sending non-violent convicts from prison to life on the outside.
Sen. Whitmire believes by giving those non-violent offenders their freedom, it would then free up an enormous amount of state money in what state leaders describe a tight budget year.
Right now, according to Whitmire, 158,000 inmates are locked up inside the Texas Prison System, many of them non-violent.
Sen. Whitmire believes that the largest groups of prisoners in Texas are illegal immigrants and the elderly.
Other state leaders are starting to actually lighten up to Whitmire's proposal.
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