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Civil Asset Forfeiture

This July 4th Holiday, Remember Our Founding Principles: New report reveals continued problems with civil asset forfeiture

June 30, 2016

Today the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition releases the first in a series of new studies that attempt to shed light on the use of civil asset forfeiture in Texas.

TCJC Op-Ed: Our Constitution Matters, and Not Just on the 4th of July

June 30, 2016

The 4th of July is a good time to remember what our Founders were fighting for. They inscribed our Fourth Amendment right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures. Yet, in June 2016, the Texas Supreme Court said the government can take your possessions under Texas’ civil “asset forfeiture” law, even if government officials have no constitutional basis to search your home or car.

Nearly half of Dallas inmates return to jail within 3 years. Can officials change that?

June 30, 2016

Jail is often called a revolving door, but now there's more hard evidence: Nearly half of Dallas County inmates are arrested again within three years of getting out, a new study says.

Read the rest of this article at Dallas News.

COMMENTARY: Building stronger American families

June 16, 2016

More than 90,000 fathers will be living in a Texas prison on Father’s Day this year.

Read the rest of this article at The Monitor.

This Father’s Day, Simple Steps to Stronger Families

June 15, 2016

More than 90,000 fathers will be living in a Texas prison on Father’s Day this year.  Some of them will soon be coming home. The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition calls for changes that will give those families a fighting chance at success.

ACLU, MALDEF part of coalition pushing Dallas ISD to ban some elementary school suspensions

June 8, 2016

A coalition of 21 advocacy groups wants Dallas trustees to ban suspension of students in pre-K through second grade, according to a letter sent to the board Wednesday.

Read the rest of this article at Dallas News.

Cameras for Cops: Key details remain unresolved as proposal heads to City Council

June 3, 2016

Next Thursday, June 9, City Council will once again take up the topic of body-worn cameras (BWCs) for the Austin Police Department. The topic was originally scheduled for May 19, but Council punted it in order for the city to have time to consider what was missing from APD's primary operating policy.

Read the rest of this article at The Austin Chronicle.

Body camera questions continue at Austin City Hall

May 23, 2016

A new series of proposals from a state-wide public policy watchdog aims to clear up what appears to be ongoing confusion over when the public will be able to access Austin police body worn camera (BWC) videos and when people’s privacy will be protected.

Read the rest of this article at kxan.

City to vote on body camera contract as groups ask to clarify policy

May 18, 2016

As the Austin City Council gears up to decide Thursday whether to approve a contract that would equip the vast majority of police patrol officers with body cameras, several local organizations are calling on the Austin Police Department to clarify its policy regarding public access to the recordings.

Read the rest of this article at myStatesman.

The End of Prison Visitation

May 6, 2016

A new system called "video visitation" is replacing in-person jail visits with glitchy, expensive Skype-like video calls. It's inhumane, dystopian and actually increases in-prison violence — but god, it makes money.

Read the rest of this article at Tech.Mic.

'Video visitation' is ending in-person prison visits – and prisons are going to make a ton of money

May 5, 2016

A new system called "video visitation" is replacing in-person jail visits with glitchy, expensive Skype-like video calls.

Read the rest of this article at Business Insider.

Payday lender used in driver payment program

April 9, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at El Paso Times.

Efforts to End Texas Driver Responsibility Program

March 8, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at KTRH.

I’m living proof: Walmart believes and invests in its workforce

March 2, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at TribTalk.

County Drags Feet on Plan to Give Poor People Lawyers at Bail Hearings

March 2, 2016

If you're accused of a crime in Harris County, within 24 hours, you'll reach a fork in the road: a bail hearing.

Read the rest of this article at HoustonPress.

Pressure builds in race for Harris County sheriff

February 20, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

Officials: Reduced drug sentences hold promise

February 10, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

Alternatives to jail time for non-violent drug offenders

February 9, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at kxan.

State Lawmakers Consider Softening Drug Penalties

February 9, 2016

With one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation, Texas state lawmakers are studying alternative penalties for non-violent drug offenders.

Read the rest of this article at CBS DFW.

Texas lawmakers discuss breaks for some drug crimes

February 9, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at myStatesman.

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