A recent Panorama episode on the BBC “Tough Justice in Britain: Texas Style” gave a fascinating insight into Texas’ criminal justice revolution, where the traditional “hard on crime, hard on sentencing” view is a thing of the past. It was claimed that this revolution had led to the shutting of prisons due to crime rates reducing significantly. The success is based on, in part, the development of specialist courts, zero tolerance on drugs and alcohol, provision of therapy, and a problem solving approach to sentencing, rather than punishment. We were introduced to “Judge Bobby Francis” who, in Dallas County, runs such a court. He, himself, a Conservative Republican, claims 8 out of 10 defendants that pass through his courts “graduate”. Interestingly, he also described taking a “father figure” approach towards the defendants.