TCJC In the News

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Texas officials say it would cost $1 billion to cool prisons – but they’ve grossly overestimated AC costs before

March 21, 2019

An estimate to put air conditioning into one prison changed from more than $20 million to $4 million last year.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune. 

Bill aims to raise age of criminal responsibility

March 19, 2019

A bill under consideration by The House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues has the potential to change the juvenile criminal justice system in our state.

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Texas senator proposes moving all youth in state lockups to shuttered adult jail

March 12, 2019

After shrinking the population at state-run juvenile lockups, state Sen. John Whitmire wants to move the remaining youth at five facilities to one recently closed adult jail.

Read the rest of this article at the Texas Tribune.

Texas Prison Reformers Demand Dignity for Incarcerated Women

March 12, 2019

Bills addressing the basic needs of incarcerated women bolster the larger call for reform in the state prison system this session.

Read the rest of this article at the Texas Observer. 

Formerly incarcerated women demand fairness, dignified treatment for women in prison

March 8, 2019

On this International Women's Day, a group of women who've served time are demanding lawmakers pass a series of bills that would help meet the needs of the thousands of women who are locked up.

Read the rest of this article at Fox 7 Austin.

Texas Lawmakers Want Judges To Send Fewer Moms To Prison

March 7, 2019

When Mia Greer went to prison, she says she wasn’t the only one who was punished. Her kids suffered too.

Read the rest of this article at High Plains Public Radio. 

Some Texas Lawmakers Want To Make Porch Package Theft A Felony

March 6, 2019

Stealing a package off someone’s front porch could soon become a much more serious crime.  Three bills in the Texas Legislature are proposing to make it a felony.

Read the rest of this article at CBS DFW. 

Third Time’s The Charm? Marijuana Decriminalization Gets Another Chance in Texas

March 5, 2019

The first marijuana reform bill heard in committee this session would downgrade possession of an ounce to a civil offense and a fine up to $250.

Read the rest of this article at the Texas Observer. 

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Growing Population of Incarcerated Women

March 1, 2019

Lauren Johnson discovered she was pregnant days before going to prison. For the following eight months, guards escorted her, shackled, to Brackenridge Hospital once a month for her doctors’ appointments until she gave birth.

Read the rest of this article at Austin Woman Magazine.

Crimewatch: Working to stop sex trafficking

February 28, 2019

As festival season gets underway in Austin police are warning the public to be on the lookout for suspicious activity that could be linked to sex trafficking.

Read the rest of this article at Fox 7 Austin.

Shelter in San Antonio serves young sex trafficking victims

February 25, 2019

The underage victims of sex trafficking in San Antonio now have a new place to heal and overcome their trauma, thanks to a partnership between Roy Maas Youth Alternatives and a number of local donors.

Read the rest of this article at theTexarkana Gazette.

The Revolving Door Between Homelessness and Prison

February 22, 2019

People experiencing homelessness are 11 times more likely to face incarceration compared to the general population, and formerly incarcerated individuals are nearly 10 times more likely to be homeless, a new study by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) found.

Read the rest of this article at The Crime Report. 

DA to ask for more prosecutors again, citing large-scale case review sparked by botched drug raid

February 21, 2019

Once again, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg is asking for more prosecutors - this time to handle the extra case reviews stemming from the botched Pecan Park drug raid and its fallout.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle. 

New Report Explains the Link Between Homelessness and Justice System Involvement

February 21, 2019

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition released the final report in its "One Size Fails All" report series.  The report, Return to Nowhwere: The Revolving Door Between Incarceration and Homelessness, examines the undeniable link between homelessness and criminal justice system involvement, and the factors that contribute to both. It offers recommendations to end the chronic pattern that wastes lives and squanders resources that could be better used to address the factors leading to homelessness.

Read the rest of this press release here.

Film Detailing Austin Teacher's Violent Arrest To Be Screened

February 18, 2019

Oscar-nominated 2017 documentary 'Traffic Stop' tells harrowing story of schoolteacher Breaion King, thrown to the ground by officer.

Read the rest of this article at Patch. 

The Race for San Antonio Mayor a Second Referendum

February 17, 2019

As a reader, I came to Senior Reporter Iris Dimmick’s Q&A with the nine candidates who want to be mayor of San Antonio with skepticism. Readers of the interviews published Saturday will recognize only a few of the candidates’ names, at best, so there was little reason to expect coherent responses or actionable ideas.

Read the rest of this article from the Rivard Report.

Built with rehabilitation in mind, Texas state jails are now viewed by lawmakers as a "complete failure"

February 14, 2019

State jails were created to help low-level drug offenders get treatment. But they offer few rehabilitative services, and their inmates are more likely to reoffend.

Read the rest of the article at the Texas Tribune.

Harris County Leaders Vote Against District Attorney’s $20 Million Budget Request To Hire More Prosecutors

February 12, 2019

The Harris County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday against District Attorney Kim Ogg’s request for a $20 million budget increase to hire more prosecutors.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Public Media.