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The Death Of Victoria Gray: How Texas Jails Are Failing Their Most Vulnerable Captives

If a reporter asks John Gray to do an in-person interview, he insists that the backdrop is the same: The Brazoria County Jail, in Angleton, Texas, just south of Houston.

Read the rest of this article at ThinkProgess.

CNHI: Stealing more costs less under change to property laws

AUSTIN - Stealing is still a crime in Texas, but as of Sept. 1, you may be able to steal more and pay less if you’re caught.

Read the rest of this article at the Corsicana Daily Sun.

Relaxed Food Stamp Rules Meant to Help Felons

Starting Sept. 1, a new Texas law will allow people with felony drug convictions to qualify for food assistance, ending the lifetime ban they currently face. Supporters hope the change will reduce recidivism as it helps felons get back on their feet. 

Read the rest of the article at The Texas Tribune. 

New CEOs for EARN, Moyer Foundation, and AIDS Charity

Leigh Phillips will take over as chief executive officer of this organization, which helps low-income people build savings accounts.

Read the rest of this article at The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

2016 Texas congressional race is already called a tossup

It’s not just the presidential race that’s in play next year. The stakes are also high in the House and Senate, especially for Democrats, who are hoping to retake the Senate after losing it in 2014 and are also eyeing the House, though the odds are longer there.

Read the rest of the article at Star-Telegram.

Texas set to welcome grand jury reform

Grand juries do important work. They determine whether individuals have committed a crime worth prosecuting. 

Read the rest of this article at High Plains Blogger. 

TCJC Executive Director Ana Yáñez-Correa to Become Program Officer at Public Welfare Foundation

Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, who has served as the Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) since 2005, has accepted the position of Program Officer at the Washington, DC-based Public Welfare Foundation. She will be leading the Foundation’s Criminal Justice program, effective November 2, 2015.

Read the rest of this press release here.

Public Welfare Foundation Selects New Criminal Justice Program Officer

Mary E. McClymont, president of the Public Welfare Foundation, announced today that Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, who is currently the executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC), will become the foundation’s Criminal Justice Program Officer, effective November 2, 2015.

Read the rest of this article at the Public Welfare Foundation.

Texas Grand Jury Selection to Become More Random

Texas is on the verge of overhauling the way it selects grand jurors, shifting away from an antiquated process that critics say creates the potential for conflicts of interest.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Legislators plan to review state jail standards

Sandra Bland’s suicide in the Waller County Jail on July 13 was the 140th time that detainees in Texas county jails have taken their own lives since authorities began compiling jail suicide statistics six years ago.

Read the rest of this article at San Antonio Express-News.