These pie charts compare the state's ethnic makeup with the
ethnic profile of Texas prison inmates. Compared with the state's
population, minorities were overrepresented in Texas prisons in 1975 and
they continue to be overrepresented today. However, patterns of
overrepresentation have changed over time with the shifting ethnic
makeup and the tremendous population growth both in Texas and in the
Texas prison system. Please click on the links below to compare
Source: J. W. Lamare; Texas Department of Criminal Justice; Census
Bureau. (full source)
Full Source: Inmate data for 1975 is from Lamare, James W. Texas Politics:
Economics, Power, and Policy. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing, 1981.
Originally from Texas Department of Corrections, 1975 Annual Statistical
Report (Huntsville, TX: Texas Department of Corrections, n.d.). Inmate
data for 2002 is from a Texas Department of Criminal Justice statistical
summary accessed 16 August 2004 at
stat_summary_fy02_toc.htm. State population figures from the U.S.
Census Bureau. Figures for 2000 are from http://www.census.gov and the
Texas State Data Center at http://txsdc.tamu.edu/. Figures for 1975
were estimated by linear interpolation of 1970 and 1980 census figures
from "Historical Census Statistics on Population Totals by Race, 1790 to
1990, and by Hispanic Origin, 1970 to 1990, for the United States,
Regions, Divisions, and States," available at
accessed 23 September 2004.