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Need to Know, Friday, March 30, 2012: Texas justice

This week's host Jeff Greenfield

While it’s known for its high number of executions, Texas is taking the lead on an innovative treatment plan to keep former prisoners from committing new crimes. The goal is to build fewer prisons and, by some accounts, has already saved the state billions. Anchor Jeff Greenfield interviews Adam Gelb of the Pew Center on the States about how lawmakers in other states are embracing prison reform to reduce costs.

What’s on this week:

Texas justice

While it’s known for its high number of executions, Texas is taking the lead on an innovative treatment plan to keep former prisoners from committing new crimes.

American Voices: Thomas Giovanni

Essayist Thomas Giovanni of the Brennan Center for Justice talks about the need for better legal representation for poor defendants.

Adam Gelb on Texas prison reform

Adam Gelb of the Pew Center on the States talks with Jeff Greenfield about how lawmakers in other states are embracing prison reform to reduce costs.

Jeff Greenfield on crime and politics

Greenfield comments on how crime has disappeared as an issue in the presidential campaign.

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