Crime in Texas

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This article refers to crime in the American state of Texas.

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders.

Texas U.S. state in the United States

Texas is the second largest state in the United States by area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.


State statistics

Number of crimes (by year)
Violent crimesProperty crimes

In 2014 there were 923,348 crimes reported in Texas, including 1,184 murders and 8,236 rapes. [1]

Crime rates: number of crimes per 100,000 persons (by year)
Violent crime ratesProperty crime rates


In 2008, Texas had 1,913 state and local law enforcement agencies. [2] Those agencies employed a total of 96,116 staff. [2] Of the total staff, 59,219 were sworn officers (defined as those with general arrest powers). [2]

Police ratio

In 2008, Texas had 244 police officers per 100,000 residents. [2]

Capital punishment laws

Capital punishment is applied under Texas state law for capital murder if the perpetrator is 2 years and older and the prosecutor seeks the death penalty. [3]

Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, is a government-sanctioned practice whereby a person is killed by the state as a punishment for a crime. The sentence that someone be punished in such a manner is referred to as a death sentence, whereas the act of carrying out the sentence is known as an execution. Crimes that are punishable by death are known as capital crimes, capital offences or capital felonies, and they commonly include serious offences such as murder, mass murder, aggravated cases of rape, child rape, child sexual abuse, terrorism, treason, espionage, offences against the State, such as attempting to overthrow government, piracy, aircraft hijacking, drug trafficking and drug dealing, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, and in some cases, the most serious acts of recidivism, aggravated robbery, and kidnapping, but may include a wide range of offences depending on a country. Etymologically, the term capital in this context alluded to execution by beheading.

The federal death penalty may also be used in certain circumstances.


In 1974 the Texas Department of Corrections (TDC), since merged into the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), had about 17,000 prisoners; 44% were black, 39% were non-Hispanic white, 16% were Hispanic and Latino, and 1% were of other races. 96% were male and 4% were female. At the time all 14 prison units of the TDC were in Southeast Texas. [4]

In 1974 the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) operated four federal prisons in Texas: FCI Texarkana, FCI Seagoville, FPC Bryan (for women), and FCI La Tuna. These prisons had a combined population of about 2,300. [4]

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  2. 1 2 3 4 "U.S. Department of Justice, Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2008, p.15" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  3. "Death Row Facts." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on June 9, 2016.
  4. 1 2 "Behind Bars in Texas: Not All Prisons, Are the Same." Texas Monthly . Emmis Communications, March 1974. Volume 2, No. 3. ISSN 0148-7736. START: p. 42. CITED: p. 42.

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