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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.

Gimme Shelter: Formerly incarcerated face a particularly chilly housing market

January 29, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at Austin Chronicle.

Lawmakers compare Driver Surcharge Program to Debtors’ Prison

January 28, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at El Paso Herald-Post.

Lawmakers compare driver surcharge program to debtors' prison

January 27, 2016

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. 

Read the rest of this article at WFAA.

"No Cost" License Plate Readers Are Turning Texas Police into Mobile Debt Collectors and Data Miners

January 26, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at EFF.

Fort Hood Begins First-of-its-Kind Veterans' Treatment Court on Base

January 26, 2016

This month, Fort Hood – one of the largest military installations in the world – and federal prosecutors are piloting a veterans’ treatment court.

Read the rest of this article at kwbw.

TX Senator Cornyn A ‘Peacemaker’ As GOP Rift On Criminal Justice Widens

January 26, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at CBS DFW.

Texas Law Protects Landlords Who Lease to Non-Violent Ex-Offenders

January 13, 2016

A new law protects Texas landlords from liability if they lease to a person with a non-violent criminal history. 

Read the rest of this article at Public News Service.

Sorry for Life?: Ashley Ervin Didn’t Kill Anyone, But She Drove Home the Boys Who Did

January 12, 2016

When Ashley Ervin was sentenced to life in prison for capital murder, her bedroom was decorated with Mickey Mouse everything.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Press.

If only the system treated everyone like 'affluenza' mom

January 12, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

Bail Hearings: Where Prosecutors And Magistrates Ensure Defenseless People Stay In Jail

January 11, 2016

University of Houston law professor Sandra Thompson promises that bail hearings are not what you've seen on TV—especially in Harris County.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Press.

While other states eye reform, NM readies for ‘tough on crime’ session

January 11, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at NM Political Report.

A day in the life of ‘Miss P’

January 9, 2016

Early morning on Christmas Day, a car pulls up outside the Midland County Detention Center and a deputy gets out. He hefts his backpack onto his shoulder and shakes himself as he walks toward the jail employee entrance on West Industrial Avenue.

Read the rest of this article at mrt.

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