Annually, approximately 50,000 people are denied parole in Texas, costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars to keep them behind bars. Yet the system is not rehabilitation-centered, which would expedite parole approval. For those who are released, many face challenges successfully transitioning to our communities, with various barriers and restrictions putting them at risk for re-offending.
TCJC is fighting to increase incarcerated people's access to rehabilitative programs and services prior to parole eligibility, as well as to expand opportunities for people to access housing, employment, education, and other resources after release.
Some issues listed under "2021 Proposed Legislation" are included in TCJC's "Spend Your Values, Cut Your Losses" campaign. Click here for more on that campaign!