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Press Contact: For all media inquiries, please contact Torrie Bethany, Communications Manager, at tbethany@texascjc.org or (512) 441-8123, Ext. 108.


 

Texas Women Prisoners Can Learn How to Type and Cook. Men Can Get a Master’s.

April 26, 2018

The Lone Star State’s prison education system is incredibly sexist.

Read the rest of this article at Mother Jones.

Report: Women incarcerated in Texas have fewer academic, job opportunities than men

April 26, 2018

Women in Texas prisons are not getting the same educational and job training opportunities as incarcerated men. That's according to a new report from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.

Read the rest of this article at Spectrum News.

In Texas, The Number Of Women Inmates Is Growing – But Support Services Aren’t

April 25, 2018

Men comprise 91 percent of the Texas prison population, but as the number of male inmates has dropped, the female population continues to increase.

Read the rest of this article at Texas Standard.

Women in Texas Prisons Denied Same Academic, Job Training Opportunities as Incarcerated Men

April 24, 2018

"Black holes of inattention" lead to stark gender disparities in the Texas prison system, according to a new report.

Read the rest of this article at Texas Observer.

Treat Women Prisoners with Dignity, Texas Report Says

April 24, 2018

Incarcerated women should be treated in a way that acknowledges both their special needs and their dignity, whether by barring shackles when they are pregnant, or by providing them more opportunity to connect with their families and children, says the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC).

Read the rest of this article at The Crime Report.

Women Incarcerated In Texas Have Fewer Opportunities Than Men, Report Finds

April 24, 2018

Incarcerated women in Texas have access to fewer educational and vocational programs compared to incarcerated men, a new study finds.

Read the rest of this article at KUT.

New Report Highlights Issues Facing Women in Texas' Criminal Justice System

April 24, 2018

Today, TCJC released part two of a two-part report series on women in Texas prisons and jails. An Unsupported Population: The Treatment of Women in Texas’ Criminal Justice System explores the unique issues facing women impacted by the criminal justice system and makes recommendations for programs and policies that treat women with dignity and increase the likelihood that they can successfully rejoin their families and communities.

Read the rest of this press release here.

Fort Bend ISD finds historic cemetery near construction site

April 16, 2018

The 31 marked graves inside Old Imperial Farm Cemetery are rusted and crumbling, markers of a time that Reginald Moore believes Sugar Land hopes to forget.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Black Lives Matter, other groups seek removal of Harris County judge over Houston Chronicle comments

March 22, 2018

HOUSTON – Blacks Lives Matter: Houston and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas, along with six other organizations, have called for the suspension and removal of the 209th District Criminal Court Judge Michael McSpadden for comments made in a Feb. 23 Houston Chronicle report the groups claim show racial bias.

Read the rest of this article at SE Texas Record.

Texas Prison System Sheds Men, Swallows Even More Women

March 15, 2018

Report says rise in incarcerated women hints at disparities in the male-dominated criminal justice system.

Read the rest of this article at Texas Observer

Study: Texas Needs Alternatives to Sending Women to Prison

March 12, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas – Prison reform advocates say too many of the 12,000 women in Texas prisons don't need to be behind bars.

Read the rest of this article at Public News Service.

Women ‘Disregarded’ in Justice Reform, Says Texas Group

March 9, 2018

Women have been left out of the national focus on justice reform, even as the number of incarcerated females has increased, according to a Texas advocacy group.

Read the rest of this article at The Crime Report.

New Report Shows Growing Number of Women in Texas Prisons and Jails

March 8, 2018

Today, TCJC released part one of a two-part report series on women in Texas prisons and jails. A Growing Population: The Surge of Women into Texas’ Criminal Justice System examines the staggering rise in the number of women in Texas’ justice system and makes recommendations for programs and policies that can reverse this trend and effectively redirect women away from incarceration.

Read the rest of this press release here.

Reform group calls for action to lower growing number of women in prison

March 8, 2018

More women are finding themselves in Texas prisons and jails, and one criminal justice reform group is urging lawmakers and local officials to enact policies to stop that trend.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Report: Female incarceration rising in Texas prisons

March 8, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas — Fifty-three-year-old Annette Price visits prisoners every week in hopes that sharing their stories gives them hope. 

Read the rest of this story at Spectrum News Austin.

Travis County Commissioners Vote To Delay Jail Expansion Funding

March 7, 2018

AUSTIN, TX — Travis County commissioners approved a year-long delay in allotting funding for the first phase of a $97 million women's jail expansion — a move hailed as a victory among criminal justice reform advocates who have long opposed increasing the facility's size.

Read the rest of this article at Dowtown Austin Patch.

As Houston weighs housing ordinances, criminal justice reform advocates decry buffer rule

March 6, 2018

With the Houston City Council set to vote on proposed ordinances to overhaul regulations for boarding homes and other multi-resident housing, criminal justice reform advocates objected to a proposed 1,000 foot buffer zone for “alternative housing facilities,” saying it would make it harder to provide re-entry services.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Travis County wants to spend $97M on new women's facility at jail

March 6, 2018

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- The Travis County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to ultimately postpone consideration to spend $97 million to build a new women's facility at the Travis County Correctional Complex (TCCC) and is expected to revisit the proposal in a year.

Read the rest of this article at KXAN.

ACLU, 7 more community groups file complaint against Harris County judge

March 5, 2018

The ACLU of Texas and seven other groups filed a complaint today (Monday, March 5) with the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct against 209th District Court Judge Michael McSpadden in Harris County, asking that McSpadden be immediately suspended and removed from the bench.

Read the rest of this article at Dallas Voice.

Advocacy groups seek sanctions against Harris County judge who disparaged Black Lives Matter

March 3, 2018

Eight state and local civil rights groups filed a formal complaint Friday with a judicial commission, seeking sanctions against a Harris County felony court judge because of comments he made to the Houston Chronicle about black defendants.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

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