TCJC In the News


Press Contact: For all media inquiries, please contact Lisa Koetz, Bloom Communications for TCJC, at lisa@bloom-comm.com or (512) 535-5066.


 

CNHI: Stealing more costs less under change to property laws

September 9, 2015

AUSTIN - Stealing is still a crime in Texas, but as of Sept. 1, you may be able to steal more and pay less if you’re caught.

Read the rest of this article at the Corsicana Daily Sun.

Relaxed Food Stamp Rules Meant to Help Felons

August 30, 2015

Starting Sept. 1, a new Texas law will allow people with felony drug convictions to qualify for food assistance, ending the lifetime ban they currently face. Supporters hope the change will reduce recidivism as it helps felons get back on their feet. 

Read the rest of the article at The Texas Tribune. 

New CEOs for EARN, Moyer Foundation, and AIDS Charity

August 28, 2015

Leigh Phillips will take over as chief executive officer of this organization, which helps low-income people build savings accounts.

Read the rest of this article at The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

2016 Texas congressional race is already called a tossup

August 21, 2015

It’s not just the presidential race that’s in play next year. The stakes are also high in the House and Senate, especially for Democrats, who are hoping to retake the Senate after losing it in 2014 and are also eyeing the House, though the odds are longer there.

Read the rest of the article at Star-Telegram.

Texas set to welcome grand jury reform

August 13, 2015

Grand juries do important work. They determine whether individuals have committed a crime worth prosecuting. 

Read the rest of this article at High Plains Blogger. 

TCJC Executive Director Ana Yáñez-Correa to Become Program Officer at Public Welfare Foundation

August 12, 2015

Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, who has served as the Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition since 2005, has accepted the position of Program Officer at the Washington, DC-based Public Welfare Foundation.  She will be leading the Foundation’s Criminal Justice program, effective November 2, 2015.

Public Welfare Foundation Selects New Criminal Justice Program Officer

August 10, 2015

Mary E. McClymont, president of the Public Welfare Foundation, announced today that Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, who is currently the executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC), will become the foundation’s Criminal Justice Program Officer, effective November 2, 2015.

Read the rest of this article at the Public Welfare Foundation.

Texas Grand Jury Selection to Become More Random

August 4, 2015

Texas is on the verge of overhauling the way it selects grand jurors, shifting away from an antiquated process that critics say creates the potential for conflicts of interest.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Why Is Texas Still Sending 17-Year-Olds to Adult Prisons?

July 30, 2015

On the morning of March 26, 2005, Jason Wang and two other teenagers, all disguised as utility workers, left a Mesquite, Texas, home with a safe containing nearly $70,000 in stolen cash and valuables.

Read the rest of the article at The Vice.

Legislators plan to review state jail standards

July 25, 2015

Sandra Bland’s suicide in the Waller County Jail on July 13 was the 140th time that detainees in Texas county jails have taken their own lives since authorities began compiling jail suicide statistics six years ago.

Read the rest of this article at San Antonio Express-News.

After Bland's death, lawmakers to address jail standards, police interactions

July 24, 2015

Sandra Bland's suicide in the Waller County jail on July 13 was the 140th time that detainees in Texas county jails have taken their own lives since authorities began compiling jail suicide statistics six years ago.

Read the rest of this article at The Houston Chronicle.

Sandra Bland Case Shows Deficiencies in Jail Oversight

July 24, 2015

When Sandra Bland was booked at the Waller County Jail, she told the staff she had attempted suicide before — a staff, it turns out, who had not been sufficiently trained on how to safeguard the well-being of inmates who are mentally ill, suicidal or pose a risk to themselves.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Texas jail where inmate died has been cited at least five times since 2009

July 23, 2015

Read the rest of this article at The Ames Tribune.
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Unlikely allies form united front on criminal justice reform at summit

July 22, 2015

Imagine a political cause that is so powerfully moving that it can bring together people and organizations that normally campaign against each other, and have them call with one voice for something meaningful to be done.

Read the rest of this article at the Watchdog Arena.

Escape Should Lead to Drug Law Reform, Advocates Say

July 21, 2015

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán's brazen escape last week from a maximum-security Mexican prison prompted anger from U.S. officials. 

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Some Convicted Felons Eligible for Food Stamps

June 25, 2015

If they finish their sentences and comply with any terms of parole, Texans convicted on felony drug charges soon will be able to receive food stamps, though another strike will put them back under a lifetime ban. 

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Smart-On-Crime Agenda Scores Important Victories with the 84th Legislature

June 23, 2015

The Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition – whose Executive Committee is comprised of the Texas Association of Business, Goodwill Central Texas, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition – worked tirelessly with members of the Texas Legislature this session to pass cost-saving bills that increase public safety, strengthen the state’s workforce, and improve Texas communities.

84th Legislature Supports Smart Justice Policies

June 23, 2015

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition worked closely with lawmakers and coalition partners to pass important criminal and youth justice reforms this legislative session. These reforms will improve public safety in Texas communities and bring long-term cost savings to taxpayers.

The right choices

June 20, 2015

America’s bloated prison system has stopped growing. Now it must shrink.

Read the rest of this article at The Economist.

Report offers fixes for Harris County jail

June 12, 2015

After decades of America's incarceration mania, U.S. Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer recently told a congressional committee in Washington that America's criminal justice system is broken and that long, mandatory minimum sentences in correctional institutions that don't correct is a terrible idea.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

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