The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has released itsannual report
; as always it's a cornucopia of miscellaneous details describing just how our state is doing in putting people behind bars.
Grits for Breakfast will no doubt have the best analysis of the 152,661 guests of the state; the blog notes that "TDCJ received 73,525 new prisoners in FY 2007 and released 72,032, representing significant growth but a much slower rate than in recent years."
We like to look for other details.
Who's the oldest person to get sent to TDCJ in the last fiscal year?
Corban Henry Wyatt, 88 years old from Taylor County, is our winner. Convicted of sexual assault against a child, for crying out loud, he received a life sentence. (No shit.)
Oldest woman? Seventy-four-year old Betty Lou Fennell, who got six months for drug possession. Seventy-four and you're going away for six months? For possession, not dealing? Where's house arrest when you need it?
As for the newly freed, we have James Terry Bray of Midland. After serving five years for possession, he's a free man. At 87 years old, we hope he enjoys himself.
Nina Faye Andrews of Grayson County also is out after five years for possession. At 79, she might have a little more time than Bray. IF SHE PUTS AWAY THE PIPE.
Come on, grandma.
-- Richard Connelly
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