TCJC In the News

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Probation Sets Up Young Adults for Failure: Report

August 6, 2018

The Texas Criminal Justice coalition calls for reforms to community supervision that are “developmentally appropriate” to young people who age out of the juvenile justice system but are still too immature to understand the consequences of their behavior.

Read the rest of this post at The Crime Report.

Women-Led Initiatives Are Closing the Gender Gap in Prison Coding Programs

August 3, 2018

Coding bootcamps for prisoners have been around since 2014, but they used to be exclusively for men. Girl Develop It is one of the women-led programs tackling that problem.

Read the rest of this article at Broadly.

One Size FAILS All: Why Probation Doesn’t Work for Young Adults in Texas

August 2, 2018

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition released its newest report today, which examines how Texas’ probation system continuously fails young adults. The report, Young Adults and Community Supervision: The Need for a Developmentally Appropriate Approach to Probation, reveals that traditional probation practices are ineffective with 17- to 25-year-olds on adult felony probation.

Read the rest of this press release here.

Another citizen review board for Austin police in the works

July 27, 2018

Since June, a working group has been meeting quietly to discuss what kind of public oversight is needed for the Austin Police Department.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Monitor.

Advocates Seek Oversight for Texas Prison Agency

July 25, 2018

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and the Texas Inmates Family Association said the recent felony charges and other ongoing problems highlight the need for independent investigations into one of the most opaque state agencies. 

Read the rest of this post at The Crime Report

Advocacy groups call for outside watchdog of Texas prisons after guard indictments

July 24, 2018

After several Texas prison employees were indicted earlier this month for allegedly conspiring to plant screwdrivers in an inmate’s cell, advocacy groups are calling for an outside entity to serve as a watchdog of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Read the rest of this article at the Texas Tribune

Heat wave sparks concerns in sweltering Texas prisons

July 20, 2018

State prison officials are in emergency-response mode this week as a heat wave bears down on a large swath of Texas, rivaling the system that triggered the deaths of 10 inmates from heat stroke in 2011.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle. 

Accused Houston murderer’s spree highlights gaps in finding parole violators, law officials say

July 18, 2018

As investigators build their case against the man they have accused of cutting off his ankle monitor and killing three people, top law officials say the tragedy raises questions about the oversight and tracking of parole violators in Houston.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle. 

College Degree Options Are Disappearing for Women in Texas Prisons

July 12, 2018

By 2020, the only bachelor's degree programs available to incarcerated women in Texas will end. TCJC's Lindsey Linder shares the importance of adding more degree programs for women and examination of barriers to entry. 

Read the rest of this article at the Texas Observer.

Texas’ Current Bail System Endangers Public Safety

July 6, 2018

Lindsey Linder joins Bill Hammond of Texas Smart On Crime Coalition on an op-ed regardng the unjust pretrial practices of money bail bonds, their harm to the poor, and endangerment to public safety.  

Read the rest of this article at TribTalk.

Meet the Harris County Public Defender Who’s Crowdfunding Books For Her Clients

July 5, 2018

Public defender Amalia Beckner crowdfunds to purchase books for jailed clients. TCJC's Doug Smith shares his personal story to the power of books behind bars. 

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Video Announces Bipartisan Federal Legislation to Help Incarcerated Mothers and Babies

June 27, 2018

U.S. Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Mia Love (R-UT) Urge All Women in Congress to Co-Sponsor their Forthcoming Bill During Women Unshackled: The Next Step

Read the rest of this article at Justice Action Network.

Texas This Week: Criminal Justice Reform

June 24, 2018

In Texas This Week, the topic of criminal justice reform took center stage for the Women Unshackled conference at the University of Texas.

Watch the video at KVUE-ABC. 

Jenna Bush Hager Speaks on University of Texas Campus about Prison Reform for Women

June 22, 2018

Participants discuss Texas’ next step in “bipartisan” movement dealing with the over incarceration of women.

Read the rest of this article at Austin Monthly.

Jenna Bush speaks at event on the UT campus called 'Women Unshackled'

June 20, 2018

Crimes that land women in prison was the focus of a criminal justice reform discussion on the U-T campus.

Watch the video at KXAN

Education key to lowering number of incarcerated women, advocates say

June 20, 2018

Substance abuse, poverty, economic disadvantages, and mental health issues have contributed to a dramatic increase in the number of women incarcerated in Texas in the last three decades, community leaders, law enforcement officials and attorneys said Wednesday.

Read the rest of this article at My Statesman.

Women Unshackled: A Forum on Criminal Justice Reform

June 20, 2018

Join the Coalition for Public Safety and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition for a forum to discuss the unique challenges facing women in the justice system as well as policy solutions to improve outcomes.

Read the rest of this article at Austin Monthly.

Warden demoted as Texas prisons announce plan to review policy, ban disciplinary quotas

June 18, 2018

A Texas prison warden was demoted and transferred this month even as officials announced plans to boost officer training, review disciplinary policies and explicitly ban the sort of quota system that sparked a statewide audit.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

Radack accuses public defender of helping lawyers in bail lawsuit against county

June 9, 2018

Commissioners Court on Tuesday will discuss the fate of Harris County’s chief public defender amid allegations that he improperly used his office to help plaintiffs in a bail reform lawsuit against the county.

Read the rest of this article from the Houston Chronicle.

Imprisoned Women, a Texas Tragedy

May 30, 2018

Texas now leads the United States in female incarceration, but necessary services lag behind.

Read the rest of this article at Fort Worth Weekly.