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Sexual abuse allegations, suicide attempts follow jump in juvenile offender population

October 28, 2016

Officials at the state youth prison agency are investigating a suspected serial sexual predator among corrections officers at a juvenile lockup in Gainesville.

Read the rest of this article at Dallas News.

Harris County’s system for defending the poor is still woefully inadequate, state audit finds

October 12, 2016

The Harris County Courthouse's system of providing legal representation to defendants who can't afford it is creaky and overburdened, a state audit has found, as elected judges appoint their favorite attorneys and allow them to take on caseloads that far exceed recommended levels.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

Fights Abound at the Overpopulated Harris County Juvenile Detention Center

October 7, 2016

The Harris County Juvenile Detention Center has kicked into "emergency staffing" mode given that the 250-capacity detention center was housing 295 kids as of September 22.

Read the rest of this article at HoustonPress.

Crime continues to slide in NB

September 28, 2016

According to data a New Braunfels Police Department spokesman released Monday, crime across the city appears to have taken a slight decline last year, judging from statistical data the department collects and forwards to the FBI as a part of the bureau’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

Read the rest of this article at Herald Zeitung.

Local Highlights at Trib Fest: Mayor Steve Adler, Lance Armstrong among those representing Austin

September 23, 2016

Failed presidential hopeful John Kasich. Chris Cil­liz­za of The Washington Post. Genesis drummer Phil Collins. Trib Fest (Sept. 23-25) attracts some high-profile names from all across the political and media fields. Yet it's also an opportunity to hear from some of Austin's leading figures, who will be appearing throughout Saturday's programming on the UT-Austin campus.

Read the rest of this article at The Austin Chronicle.

County leaders have paid $170,000 in legal fees fighting bail reform

September 17, 2016

About $170,000 in tax money has been paid to outside attorneys to defend Harris Country officials from a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that the bail bond system discriminates against poor people, records show.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

US jails, prisons struggling to meet federal anti-rape rules

September 13, 2016

Miguel Moll knew the risk of rape when he was thrown into a Texas jail in 1989 after joyriding in a stolen car.

Read the rest of this article at Jamaica Observer.

Few US states protecting juvenile inmates from rape

September 12, 2016

Only 12 US states are in full compliance with an prison anti-rape rule intended to keep juvenile offenders from adults.

Read the rest of this article at Alijazeera.

Jails, prisons still trying to meet federal anti-rape rules

September 11, 2016

Miguel Moll knew the risk of rape when he was thrown into a Texas jail in 1989 after joyriding in a stolen car.

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

The Harris County Jail Got So Crowded the Sheriff Delayed Inmate Transfers

September 8, 2016

County officials have known for some time that the Harris County jail is overcrowded with inmates who haven't yet been convicted of a crime, who are there in many instances just because they can't afford to pay bail before trial.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Press.

City budget: Austinites say their piece

September 6, 2016

In just about a week, City Council will approve its Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget. After hours of public testimony, it is clear that there are a lot of tough decisions left to make.

Read the rest of this article at Austin Monitor.

Facing tighter budgets, Texas officials ready to consider prison cuts

September 5, 2016

The Texas prison system, grappling like most other state departments with a request from state leadership to cut its budget, has signaled that it is prepared to entertain ideas about saving money by closing prisons.

Read the rest of this article at myStatesman.

The Houston Man Who Refused to Plead Guilty Does Not Want an Apology

August 15, 2016

His attorney told him he could be out of jail in ten days if he took the plea deal — but 58-year-old Gilbert Cruz refused, saying he wasn’t going to plead guilty to something he didn’t do.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Press.

TCJC Op-Ed: Texas Puts Money in Taxpayer Pockets, Needs to Spend Better

August 4, 2016

Texans will save an estimated $92 million when shopping for school supplies during this weekend’s “tax free” days. The state faces a big budget shortfall in 2017, and state leaders will be looking for more efficient, less costly ways to fix roads, fund schools, and secure our communities while still giving money like this back to taxpayers.

Prison System Ponders $250 Million in Budget Cuts

August 3, 2016

Told to prepare a budget that cuts spending by 4 percent, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is drawing up a legislative request for the 2018-2019 biennium that would slash its operating budget by about $250 million. 

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Police body camera policies scrutinized in new national analysis

August 2, 2016

With a new police body camera program set to begin at the end of September, an updated side-by-side comparison of police body cam policies in American cities now includes the capital of Texas.

Read the rest of this article at kxan.

Coalition fighting to make crime laws smarter

July 21, 2016

A coalition of agencies from the right and left have gathered to push for smarter approaches to handling crime and punishment.

Read the rest of this article at Amarillo Globe-News.

Study finds no racial disparities in Houston police shootings

July 11, 2016

Police departments are notoriously reluctant to make data about officer behavior available for scrutiny by outsiders.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

A Year Later, Sandra Bland's Death Propels Calls for Reform

July 8, 2016

In the year since her arrest and death in Waller County, Sandra Bland has powered the push for criminal justice reforms in Texas. 

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Does Sheriff Ron Hickman Have a Defensiveness Problem?

July 6, 2016

After deputies were indicted last week for ordering the search of a woman's vagina for marijuana in public, it's safe to say Sheriff Ron Hickman's response was rather jarring.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Press.

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