TCJC In the News


Press Contact: For all media inquiries, please contact Lisa Koetz, Bloom Communications for TCJC, at lisa@bloom-comm.com or (512) 535-5066.


 

Gainesville State School crisis requires Texas consider shuttering remaining youth lockups

November 22, 2017

Texas lawmakers have a difficult decision to make. Should the state shutter its five remaining youth lockups and admit we're just not capable of finding the money, the staff or even the fundamental competence to keep juvenile offenders safe in large facilities?

Read the rest of this editorial at Dallas News.

Houston case highlights how juveniles fare in criminal justice system

November 17, 2017

Desmond Hawkins, who turned 18 on Nov. 8, is accused of shooting and killing Reginald Sherman on Oct. 11, 2016, in what police have said was a robbery attempt.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Report: Texas Juvenile Lockup Struggles With Staffing

November 17, 2017

Juvenile justice advocates say operational and behavioral problems at Texas lockups for youth have persisted under the state's control for more than a decade.

Read the rest of this article at U.S. News.

Opposition Rising to Laws Allowing Juveniles to be Imprisoned as Adults

November 16, 2017

Another one of the 'get tough on crime' measures dating from the blood soaked 1990s is being questioned in Texas, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Read the rest of this article at News Radio 1200 WOAI.

 

Fights, sex, drugs: Texas juvenile lockup on the verge of crisis, reports show

November 16, 2017

Youths at the Gainesville State School say staff paid them with drugs and cash to assault one another.

Read the rest of this article at Dallas News.

Should Texas Change the Law to Keep 17-Year-Olds Out of Adult Prison?

November 1, 2017

Do 17-year-old offenders belong in adult prison? Would there be benefits to raising the age of responsibility to 18 instead?

Read the rest of this blog post at the Goolsby Law Firm's blog.

Should Texas change law to keep 17-year-olds out of adult jails?

October 23, 2017

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition wants lawmakers to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 17 to 18 in the 2019 legislative session.

Read the rest of this article at KXAN.

Austin Says New Contract With Police Will Bring Accountability

October 20, 2017

Interim Police Monitor Deven Desai opened negotiations between the city and police last week with a nod to a crowd of activists gathered in one corner of the room. “I’ve sat in these negotiations since '08 and I can’t remember a time we had even one person from the community come in and actually observe the negotiations," he said.

Read the rest of this article at KUT.

Texas Advocates and Legislators Show Support for Juvenile Justice

October 20, 2017

A group of juvenile justice reform advocates hosted a press conference at the Texas Capitol today as part of Youth Justice Action Month calling for a new commitment to juvenile justice reform in Texas.

Read the rest of this press release here.

Social justice groups take a knee at Austin City Council meeting

October 19, 2017

Members of the Austin Justice Coalition and Grassroots Leadership took a knee as Austin City Council members listened to the invocation before the meeting.

Read the rest of this article here.

More pre-trial diversion, smarter technology part of Harris County DA's plans

October 17, 2017

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg on Tuesday promised more pre-trial diversion programs for suspects in drug possession cases and those with mental health issues.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Texas Goes Big on Youth Justice Reform

October 12, 2017

NJJN’s Texas members, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC), Texas Appleseed and Texans Care for Children were successful in their collaborative efforts to pass legislation focused on dual-status youth, confidentiality of juvenile records, 10 and 11 year olds in the juvenile justice system and the suspension and expulsion of kids in early grades.

Read the rest of this post at the National Juvenile Justice Network.

It’s Time to End Austin’s Failed Experiment in Police Oversight, Activists Say

October 11, 2017

APD’s refusal to act on recommendations given by a citizen review panel suggests that the city's 16-year experiment in police oversight has failed.

Read the rest of this article at the Texas Observer.

New Report Finds Important Policing Reforms Recommended by Citizen Review Panel, Largely Ignored by APD and City Manager

October 10, 2017

Austin’s Citizen Review Panel (CRP) has special access to certain internal investigations of police officer-involved shootings and other incidents. The Panel reviews the incident and may issue a letter of recommendation calling for policy or procedural changes at the Austin Police Department (APD), even if the officer is found to have violated no rules.

Read the rest of this press release here.

How Harris County's federal bail lawsuit spreads beyond Houston

October 2, 2017

Texas counties are watching to see how Harris County's fight against court-ordered bail practices will affect them.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

 

Overall Crime Rates Down in Texas According to 2016 National Crime Report Released Today

September 25, 2017

The FBI released its 2016 Crime in the United States report today and, although there are pockets of increased crime, the data indicates that Texas crime rates have dropped statewide.

Read the rest of this press release here.

Texas' murder rate went up again last year, remains relatively low

September 25, 2017

Violent crimes — including murder — jumped up again last year in Texas and across the nation, according to new FBI data. It's the second year violent crime has increased from record low levels in 2014.

Read the rest of this article at Texas Tribune.

Texas prisons eliminate use of solitary confinement for punitive reasons

September 21, 2017

Texas correctional officials this month quietly eliminated the use of solitary confinement as a punishment for jailhouse rule-breakers, positioning the state at the forefront of a nationwide push to end the practice.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Organizations Call for Driver Responsibility Program Amnesty for Hurricane Harvey Victims

September 11, 2017

Today, six statewide organizations, along with individuals and organizations directly engaged in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, filed a formal petition asking the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to issue a one-time Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) fee amnesty in Texas’ disaster area counties.

Read the rest of this press release here.

DPS hears plea to change arrest rules to prevent another Sandra Bland case

August 24, 2017

Sandra Bland wasn't mentioned by name. But it was clear that her highly publicized death, which helped galvanize the Black Lives Matter movement, was a key part of a hearing Thursday aimed at stopping police from locking up Texans over minor traffic offenses.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

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