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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.

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.

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