According to Missouri Department of Corrections data, Texas County is in the middle of the pack among counties with regard to incarceration rate.

The Missouri Department of Corrections each year publishes an online book chronicling statistics and information with regard to inmates in counties around the state. The book – titled, “Profile of the Institutional and Supervised Offender Population” – covers from June to June, and lags behind a year. In other words, the most current information book (published in March of this year) contains data from June 2015 to June 2016.

The 149-page publication also includes some national data. In this year’s edition, Missouri was the eighth-ranked state in total incarcerations. Texas County ranked 51st out of 115 counties in incarceration rate (based on a ratio of incarcerations per 100,000 people) and 35th in felony sentencing rate.

Statewide, there were 32,831 people in prison (29,446 male and 3,385 female), with 62.9-pecent being white, 34.6-percent black, 1.8-percent Hispanic and fractions of percentages being of other races. The most common age group at the time of incarceration was 20-24, with 22.5-percent of the inmate population, while 18.5-percent were 25-29 years old, 15.3-percent 30-34 and 11.7-percent 35-39.

The top-five offenses were possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing or distribution of a controlled substance, first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and second-degree murder.

For much more information, see the offender profile book online at www.houstonherald.com.

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