While Mr. Delay may seem smug and self-assured about his impending trial, he better be careful. They are pretty tough on criminals in Texas.
Consider Texas has the highest rate of incarceration in the US.
But before you get the idea in your heads that this actually discourages violent crime (it's clearly not preventing money laundering), consider that the states with highest incarceration rates don't appear to enjoy any benefit in decreased murder rates. All that incarcerating and executing, and you still got all those murderers and money-launderers. Shame shame.
Data compiled from:
Mother Jones magazine, Debt to Society: Special report,
Incarceration rates in 2000, incarceration rate is defined as the number of prisoners sentenced to more than one year per 100,000 residents, as recorded by the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
Kochanek KD, Murphy SL, Anderson RN, Scott C. Deaths: Final data for 2002. National vital statistics reports; vol 53 no 5. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics. 2004.