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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.”

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Texas juvenile justice leader departs with state agency at critical juncture

After four years at the helm of the beleaguered state agency, executive director Camille Cain’s departure comes at a pivotal time. Cain leaves TJJD while it faces critically low staffing levels and is being audited by the state’s Sunset Advisory Commission.

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Austin Justice Coalition fighting for new police contract negotiations

The Austin Justice Coalition (AJC) invited the community to a press conference at the Austin Energy Headquarters preceding the Austin Police Department's contract negotiation session on Monday. The AJC was joined by fellow advocacy groups Texas Fair Defense ProjectTexas Center for Justice and Equity and ACLU of Texas, as well as community members.

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Melissa Lucio's Life Was Spared at the Last Minute. What Happens Now?

When the news broke, the small crowd gathered outside the governor’s public reception room at the Texas Capitol erupted with cheers: The state’s Court of Criminal Appeals had stayed Melissa Lucio’s impending execution. It was sending her case back to district court to consider several pressing claims, including that Lucio was innocent in the 2007 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Mariah.

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Melissa Lucio supporters hold rallies days before scheduled execution

Melissa Lucio supporters are holding a National Day of Action across the country just four days ahead of her scheduled execution date. Lucio is set to be put to death on Wednesday, April 27. She was convicted of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2007 but has maintained her innocence over the years. Lucio said her daughter's death was an accident after suffering injuries falling down a flight of stairs at their South Texas home.

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Supporters rally in last-ditch effort to stop Melissa Lucio's scheduled execution

Supporters of death row inmate Melissa Lucio gathered at the Texas Capitol Sunday afternoon in an effort to stop her execution scheduled for next week. It's the latest effort underway to save Lucio, who was convicted of killing her youngest daughter in 2007. She is scheduled to be executed on April 27.

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Analysis Explores How the Houston Chronicle’s Coverage of the Local Criminal Legal System Misinforms the Public

A new report evaluates the Houston Chronicle’s coverage of bond reform and crime stories. The report, “Materially Misleading: How the Houston Chronicle’s Coverage of Bond Misinforms the Public,” was produced by the Texas Center for Justice and Equity (TCJE) and authored by Elaine Hennig and Jay Jenkins. The analysis follows a November 2021 report tracking coverage by six local television stations.

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Reversing the War on Drugs: Interview with Sarah Reyes

On this edition of Century we're joined by Sarah Reyes, MSW, Policy Analyst with the Texas Center for Justice and Equity and co-author of their new report “Reversing the War on Drugs in Texas: Prioritizing REAL Public Health and Safety for Texans.” We discuss the failures of the state’s existing drug policies and some solutions, including decriminalization of drug use and the prioritization of health and dignity for people who use drugs. 

Listen to the full interview from KBOO

Supporters in Dallas rally for Melissa Lucio, an abused mother who faces the death penalty

From politicians of all stripes to celebrities like Kim Kardashian — and a cross-section of Texans — supporters of Melissa Lucio are urging the state of Texas not to execute her later this month. That was the message at a rally Thursday night in Dallas.

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Harm-reduction not stricter border security will help with Texas drug issue, advocates say

Drug use and addiction is growing in Texas and getting younger, but current pushes by state leaders to attack the issue by reducing supply will have little effect on the problem, advocates say. Currently, methamphetamine use continues to be the biggest drug threat in Texas, but the prevalence of fentanyl is quickly growing, said Eduardo Chávez, who leads the Drug Enforcement Administration's Dallas Field Division.

Read the rest of this article from CNHI News.