TCJC In the News


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Can Skype-Like Video Chats Replace In-Person Jail Visits?

September 23, 2015

In Texas, jails in Travis and Bastrop counties have completely done away with in-person inmate visits, but it has led some to question the legality of the cost-cutting measure.

Read the rest of this article at Government Technology.

Girls Incarcerated Longer for Less Serious Offenses, Texas Study Shows

September 22, 2015

Girls serve longer sentences than boys in the Texas juvenile justice system, and for less serious offenses, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin.

Read the rest of this article at Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

From the Fields of Delano to the Halls of Congress: Latinas Leading the Charge for Justice

September 17, 2015

A half-century ago this week, Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers voted to join Larry Itliong and Filipino farmworkers’ in commencing the Delano Grape Strike.

Read the rest of this article at the Drug Policy Alliance.

The Death Of Victoria Gray: How Texas Jails Are Failing Their Most Vulnerable Captives

September 15, 2015

If a reporter asks John Gray to do an in-person interview, he insists that the backdrop is the same: The Brazoria County Jail, in Angleton, Texas, just south of Houston.

Read the rest of this article at ThinkProgess.

Haven for trafficking victims planned for Bastrop County

September 14, 2015

Brooke Crowder found her calling in graduate school when she saw a video of young girls being pulled out of a hole in the floor of a brothel in India. 

Read the rest of this article at myStatesman.

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.

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