The revelation last week that payday lender ACE Cash Express is collecting for the Texas’ Driver Responsibility Program amounts to a double whammy for Texans who are struggling to keep their driver’s licenses, their vehicles and their jobs, critics say.
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Momentum is building in Austin to do away with Texas' Driver Responsibility Program. It penalizes drivers who commit certain violations and has ultimately forced 1.2 million people to lose their license because of the added fees.
When I began working at Walmart 12 years ago, I was a little unsure of how things were going to pan out. I started out as a cashier in the garden center — not a great fit for someone with fair skin and red hair.
If you're accused of a crime in Harris County, within 24 hours, you'll reach a fork in the road: a bail hearing.
The winner of this fall's sheriff's race will inherit a post under siege, scrutinized by criminal justice watchdogs and as the department attempts to recover from the murder of a deputy that exposed a sordid sex scandal.
Texas lawmakers, already applauded nationally for expanding treatment and rehabilitation programs, may consider reducing some low-level drug sentences in exchange for more offenders getting the help they need to succeed once they leave prison or jail.
Getting caught with drugs in Texas can land you a spot behind bars, but there is a push at the state capitol to change the law.
Taking the first step on a topic that could generate heat in the 2017 legislative session, Texas lawmakers began discussing Tuesday whether some nonviolent drug crimes should carry shorter sentences or be converted from felonies to misdemeanors.
On January 1, HB 1510, a bill that exempts landlords from the threat of civil liability for renting to people with criminal records, took effect.
State senators expressed bipartisan disapproval Wednesday of an unpopular program that levies large surcharges on drivers for traffic offenses, with several calling for broad changes or for scrapping it entirely.
State Senators expressed bipartisan disapproval Wednesday of an unpopular program that levies large surcharges on drivers for traffic offenses, with several calling for broad changes or scrapping it entirely.
"No Cost" License Plate Readers Are Turning Texas Police into Mobile Debt Collectors and Data Miners
Vigilant Solutions, one of the country’s largest brokers of vehicle surveillance technology, is offering a hell of a deal to law enforcement agencies in Texas: a whole suite of automated license plate reader (ALPR) equipment and access to the company’s massive databases and analytical tools—and it won’t cost the agency a dime.
This month, Fort Hood – one of the largest military installations in the world – and federal prosecutors are piloting a veterans’ treatment court.
A widening Republican rift over revamping the nation’s criminal justice system is dashing hopes for overhaul in the final year of President Barack Obama’s tenure despite strong bipartisan support and a concerted effort by the second-ranking GOP senator.
A new law protects Texas landlords from liability if they lease to a person with a non-violent criminal history.
When Ashley Ervin was sentenced to life in prison for capital murder, her bedroom was decorated with Mickey Mouse everything.
Another slap in the face. That was my initial reaction to the news that Mama Couch, enabler of Ethan "Affluenza Teen" Couch, succeeded in getting a Tarrant County judge on Monday to reduce her bond from $1 million to $75,000.
University of Houston law professor Sandra Thompson promises that bail hearings are not what you've seen on TV—especially in Harris County.
In a crowded conference room in the mayor’s office last November, reporters and police officers gathered to see Republican lawmakers and Mayor Richard Berry discuss their plans for combating repeat criminal behavior.