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Formerly Incarcerated Leaders to Gather for Community-Building Event in Austin

On Saturday, July 2, a group of formerly incarcerated and justice system-impacted Texans will convene in Austin. The event, “From Prison to Power: Finding Your Voice After Incarceration,” is organized by the Texas Center for Justice and Equity’s Statewide Leadership Council (SLC) and partners.

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How Much Power Do Police Oversight Offices Really Have?

Negotiations between Austin officials and the police were breaking down in part over the city’s attempts to increase police accountability in 2018. The city’s citizen review panel disbanded. Finally, that November, the parties reached an agreement, though tensions remained. A new office was created and staffed by civilians rather than police: The Office of Police Oversight.

Read the rest of this article from Texas Observer.

Home after prison: former convicts search for affordable housing in DFW

In Texas, approximately half a million residents can face completely legal housing discrimination due to their criminal records.​ Texas has the highest incarceration rate of “any other democracy” according to the Prison Policy Initiative. When members of this population of 251,000 are released, they face barriers in finding affordable housing across the state, including the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Read the rest of this article from North Texas Daily.

This neighborhood attorney has a heart for kids caught up in the criminal justice system

“They did the crime,” it has been said, “they do the time.” In this case, “they” are incarcerated or previously incarcerated women, specifically mothers either expecting a baby or with one or more children. And while the mothers have colored outside the lines enough to warrant imprisonment, their children have not.

Read the rest of this article from Lakewood Advocate Mag.

Mano DeAyala Wins GOP Nomination to Succeed Houston-Area State Rep. Jim Murphy

Attorney Mano DeAyala has secured the Republican nomination to replace retiring state Rep. Jim Murphy (R-Houston) of Texas House District 133. According to unofficial election results from Harris County, DeAyala captured 51 percent of the vote in a runoff contest with long-time GOP activist and precinct chair Shelley Barineau.

Read the rest of this article from The Texan.

As jail population increases, TCSO turns to county to help to fill vacancies

This week, the Travis County Commissioners Court will weigh whether to hire a marketing firm for $250,000 to help the Travis County Sheriff’s Office fill current vacancies. That includes 145 corrections officer vacancies, up from only 60 vacancies before the pandemic in May of 2019. Additionally, the jail population has increased by 60 inmates this May compared to that same May of 2019, now up to 2,173.

Read the rest of this article from KXAN.

Stop ‘Locking up Motherhood’: Texas Study

Incarceration is “uniquely detrimental” to women, particularly if they are mothers, and authorities should consider alternative approaches to punishment for them, says a Texas justice advocacy group. “With a fraction of the money it costs to incarcerate a mother, we can support her with tools to address underlying needs, as well as keep her with her children and in the community –in turn preventing trauma and loss for the entire family unit,” argued the Texas Center for Justice and Equity, in a special report on “Motherhood and Pregnancy Behind Bars.”

Read the rest of this article from The Crime Report.

New Report Explores Intersections of Incarceration and Motherhood

A report released today by the Texas Center for Justice and Equity (TCJE) highlights the experiences of mothers in Texas prisons and jails. “Motherhood and Pregnancy Behind Bars: Texas Must Rethink How It’s Treating Mothers and Families” urges leaders to protect the lives and dignity of currently incarcerated women while taking real, viable steps to keep people out of the criminal legal system altogether.

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Texas takes $30 million from troubled juvenile justice department to fund border initiative Operation Lone Star

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is now paying for his controversial border mission Operation Lone Star with money from the state’s cash-strapped Texas Juvenile Justice Department. About $31 million of the nearly half billion dollars he raked from a half dozen state agencies earlier this month to fund national guard troops on the southern border came from the state’s juvenile justice fund.

Read the rest of this article from Texas Public Radio.

In Texas prisons, men have access to significantly more higher education programs than women

Alexa Garza has been out of prison for three years, but she still remembers how confining it felt. “I was surrounded by walls,” said Garza, who was incarcerated for two decades starting when she was 19. “I found that reading was an escape for me. I was able to read and learn and grow, and I knew that education was the key for me.”

Read the rest of this article from 19th News.

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