About Texas S.M.A.R.T.

Texas S.M.A.R.T. stands for Safely Managing Addiction through Rehabilitation and Treatment.

Over the next two years, Texas will spend almost $6.6 billion in General Revenue funds to operate its massive prison system.1 More than 150,000 people are currently incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), approximately 44% of whom have nonviolent offenses.2  Texas squanders limited state funds that could be used more effectively on treatment and probation.

Reduce Penalties for Certain Minor Nonviolent Crimes:  Texas should pass smart sentencing policies, including measures that will decrease penalities for certain nonviolent crimes like minor drug possession.  From 2013-2014, 16,400 individuals were sentenced to state jail for a drug conviction.4  Of these, 88% were convicted of possession less than a gram (less than a sugar packet) of a controlled substance without the intent to deal or distribute.5  These offenses can be handled effectively without costly state jail sentences.

Texas S.M.A.R.T. is supported by the Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition, which is composed of members of the business community, advocacy organizations, service providers, civil rights groups, and public policy thought leaders.   



Executive Committee Members

Supporting Partners


General Appropriations Act, 2016 – 2017 Biennium, http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/pdf/HB00001F.pdf#navpanes=0.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Fiscal Year 2014 Statistical Report, 1, http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/documents/Statistical_Report_FY2014.pdf.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Fiscal Year 2013 Statistical Report (2014) and Fiscal Year 2014 Statistical Report (2015).
Open Records Request, Texas Department of Criminal Justice; data available upon request.