How Indiana, Missouri and Texas Created Meaningful (and Progressive) Reform
Date:  03-03-2015

Slicing territories marking drug-free zones, modifying food stamp bans and closing facilities add up to huge savings and second chances
Indiana, Missouri and Texas are not known as bastions of liberalism, yet the three states implemented criminal justice reforms straight out of a progressive playbook.

In a new policy paper the The Sentencing Project highlights three individual areas where the states implemented much needed reform. offers the following highlights from the paper:

State Criminal Justice Advocacy in a Conservative Environment documents successful advocacy strategies employed in campaigns in Indiana, Missouri, and Texas. In these states, advocates achieved the following reforms:

  • Reduced enhanced penalties in drug-free zones in Indiana by shrinking the limit of zones from 1,000 feet to 500 feet, and eliminating all zones except those around schools and parks

  • Modified Missouri‚Äôs federal lifetime ban on food stamp benefits for persons with felony drug convictions

  • Closed two Texas prison facilities: the Dawson State Jail and the Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility