DALLAS -- A massive prison construction program that will double the size of the Texas incarceration system within 18 months is expected to provide only a temporary respite to counties faced with severe jail overcrowding, according to Standard & Poor's Corp.

In a CreditWeek Municipal article, rating agency analysts wrote that Texas' building program to increase prison beds to 152,000 from 75,725 this year would not be sufficient to house a growing inmate population.

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