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The Texas Center for Justice and Equity (TCJE) advocates at the state Capitol and in counties throughout Texas to end mass incarceration, shift funding towards community supports, and reduce racial inequities in the criminal legal system.

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We're excited to celebrate our birthday with YOU!

As we look to the year ahead, we're so grateful to have you on our side. There's a lot to do in '22, and your support makes it possible for more Texans to feel safe, have hope, and succeed.

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“We’re not felons. We’re people.”

Whatever your story of system impact is, you deserve the chance to thrive—and the opportunity to make a change. Our Statewide Leadership Council (SLC) is a community of directly impacted Texans, and they’re fighting for a future where everyone has a second chance to succeed.

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Texans like you are getting involved.

Our supporter hub is your one-stop-shop for coalition info, educational materials, and ways to take action! Check it out and join the fight!

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“Spending the night in an adult jail at 17 was one of the worst experiences of my life. There’s no one you can ask for help.”

Texas kids are locked up in the adult system right now. You can help us stop this from happening.

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The Big Picture

118k

Number of people in prison in Texas

70

Percent of people in Texas county jails who have not been tried or convicted

33

Percent of people in Texas prisons who are Black, despite Black people making up only 13% of Texas' general population

81

Percent of women in Texas prisons who are mothers

#50

Texas’ ranking – out of 50 states and Washington D.C. – in providing access to mental health care

Women's Justice

New Report: "Motherhood and Pregnancy Behind Bars"

In May 2022, TCJE released a report that sheds light on the experiences of motherhood and pregnancy in Texas’ criminal legal system. “Motherhood and Pregnancy Behind Bars: Texas Must Rethink How It’s Treating Mothers and Families” includes data on women in U.S. and Texas prisons and jails, perspectives from formerly incarcerated women, an intersectional analysis of the effects of women’s incarceration on the larger community, and more. The report also includes a robust set of recommendations to support women who are currently in the system—through positive parent-child programming, improved conditions of confinement, and other strategies—and to keep women from entering the system altogether.

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition is now the Texas Center for Justice and Equity! Learn More