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Prison System Ponders $250 Million in Budget Cuts

August 3, 2016

Told to prepare a budget that cuts spending by 4 percent, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is drawing up a legislative request for the 2018-2019 biennium that would slash its operating budget by about $250 million. 

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Police body camera policies scrutinized in new national analysis

August 2, 2016

With a new police body camera program set to begin at the end of September, an updated side-by-side comparison of police body cam policies in American cities now includes the capital of Texas.

Read the rest of this article at kxan.

Coalition fighting to make crime laws smarter

July 21, 2016

A coalition of agencies from the right and left have gathered to push for smarter approaches to handling crime and punishment.

Read the rest of this article at Amarillo Globe-News.

Study finds no racial disparities in Houston police shootings

July 11, 2016

Police departments are notoriously reluctant to make data about officer behavior available for scrutiny by outsiders.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

A Year Later, Sandra Bland's Death Propels Calls for Reform

July 8, 2016

In the year since her arrest and death in Waller County, Sandra Bland has powered the push for criminal justice reforms in Texas. 

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Does Sheriff Ron Hickman Have a Defensiveness Problem?

July 6, 2016

After deputies were indicted last week for ordering the search of a woman's vagina for marijuana in public, it's safe to say Sheriff Ron Hickman's response was rather jarring.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Press.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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