The Harris County Jail houses more than 8,000 inmates at any given time. For three months last year, 17-year-old Lena was one of them. (Photo: Callie Richmond/The Texas Tribune)
rising jail population

US Department of Agriculture Provided Over $277 Million for Local Jail Construction Since 1996

Counties in the state that received the most money from the program over the last 20 years collected $66.7 million in loans since 2005.