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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.

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.

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