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Faith coalition backs plan to raise age of juvenile offenders from 17 to 18

February 1, 2017

Faith leaders and activists mourned the death of a Fort Bend County youth Wednesday as they gathered to announce an initiative to raise the age of juvenile offenders in Texas from 17 to 18.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Coalition backs Texas effort to raise age for juvenile offenders

January 31, 2017

Texans have to be 18 years old to vote, join the military or buy a lottery ticket. But when arrested for any crime from misdemeanor to felony, 17-year-olds are treated like adults, an inconsistency some legislators, judges and religious leaders hope to change.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Rally cheers raising to 18 Texas' age for adult offenders

January 31, 2017

Advocates have rallied at the state Capitol to promote a bill seeking to raise from 17 to 18 the age at which offenders automatically enter Texas' adult legal system. More than 200 students, teachers and other supporters of a proposal by Houston Democratic Rep. Gene Wu gathered Monday on the Capitol steps.

Read the rest of this article at CBS Austin.

Texomans weigh in on 'raise the age' push

January 30, 2017

Hours after a rally at the Texas state capitol to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18, Texomans are voicing their opinions. A local psychologist said raising the age of when a juvenile can be put into an adult jail would be a good thing. 

Read the rest of this article at WMC Action News 5.

Juvenile justice advocates look to raise age of criminal responsibility to 18

January 30, 2017

Seventeen-year-olds can't vote, join the military or buy cigarettes or alcohol, but they're treated as adults in criminal cases in Texas. About 200 people rallied at the Capitol on Monday to change that.

Read the rest of this article at the Texas Tribune.

Activist questions need for class on police interaction

January 22, 2017

Texas’ top criminal justice lawmakers are considering sending community leaders into public schools to teach ninth-graders how to interact with police. They tout the proposal as a way to increase public safety, but critics question whether such instruction would be effective.

Read the rest of this article at the San Antonio Express-News.

How should Texas teach students to interact with police?

January 20, 2017

A minister, activist, lawyer and police officer walk into a high school classroom... Texas' top criminal justice lawmakers are considering sending community leaders into public schools to teach ninth graders how to interact with police.

Read the rest of this article at the Texas Tribune.

Raise the Age

January 20, 2017

Charles Rotramel is joined by Elizabeth Henneke to discuss the movement to keep Texas 17-year-olds out of the adult criminal justice system, and why it is of critical importance to our kids.

Listen to this podcast at reClaimed: Dialogues on Justice and Kinship.

In Maine county jails, video visits deny vital connection between inmates and their families

January 11, 2017

When family goes to visit a loved one in a county jail, they likely won’t be brought into a room where they can share a hug or gentle touch.

Read the rest of this article at BDN Maine.

Commentary: Is Texas wasting money by locking up so many people? Easy answer is yes

January 1, 2017

An executive can commit no greater sin in business than to misuse capital, labor or real property, the foundations of wealth.

Read the rest of this article at San Antonio Express News.

Report warns against cutting funding for inmates

December 30, 2016

When lawmakers return to Austin in 10 days to begin grappling with what appears will be a bare-bones state budget, a legislative panel that oversees the Texas prison system is urging them to resist cutting funding for programs that help former inmates and probationers adjust to free-world life.

Read the rest of this article at Times Record News.

Misused prisons waste capital, labor and real estate

December 27, 2016

An executive can commit no greater sin in business than to misuse capital, labor or real property, the foundations of wealth.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

Are Inmate Phone Privileges Too Costly?

December 27, 2016

Bill Pope knows a thing or two about prison phones. He’s the president of NCIC, a service provider for phones in Texas detention centers. He also knows about how the phones affect lives.

Read the rest of this article at Texas Public Radio.

Bill aims at cutting criminal justice debt

December 26, 2016

Inspired by what he sees as a proliferation of debtor prisons, a state representative has filed a bill that permits judges to waive fines and fees imposed on poor people charged with Class C misdemeanors.

Read the rest of this article at Victoria Advocate.

A Nonviolent 15-year-old Will Spend Christmas in an Overcrowded Facility

December 23, 2016

A part of Amelia Rondon almost did not want to attend her son’s detention hearing, held three days before Christmas.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Press.

Coalition aims to keep Texas 17-year-olds out of adult jails

December 14, 2016

Expanding reentry education, job training and treatment alternatives to incarceration were announced Wednesday as the upcoming legislative priorities for the Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition.

Read the rest of this article at KXAN.

The Source: Should Texas Repeal The Driver Responsibility Program?

December 6, 2016

Texas' Driver Responsibility Program imposes surcharges on drivers for traffic violations from speeding and accidents to driving while intoxicated or without a license.

Read the rest of this article at Texas Public Radio.

Videotapes reveal flaws in Harris County bail bond hearings

November 29, 2016

Anthony Wayne Goffney shuffles toward the floor marker where he is told to stand, wearing light blue pants and a smock top, four days after being jailed for trespassing.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

What Does a New Sheriff Mean for Harris County?

November 10, 2016

While many Harris County residents are in mourning for the nation as a whole, some criminal justice experts say there's reason to be optimistic about a political office closer to home — specifically, Sheriff-Elect Ed Gonzalez.

Read the rest of this article at HoustonPress.

Felons Face Difficulties in Regaining Voting Rights

November 3, 2016

The last time Lewis Conway Jr. voted was in 1992, when he cast his ballot for Bill Clinton. This November, he will head to the polls for the first time in more than two decades.

Read the rest of this article at Reporting Texas.

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