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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.

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.

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