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Bipartisan Coalition Pushes for Justice Reform

A bipartisan coalition pegged "Smart-on-Crime" is hoping to send a strong message to state lawmakers when it comes to criminal justice reform. "The biggest thing we'd like to see is that probation be used much more often than it is currently,” Bill Hammond with the Texas Association of Business said. “Non-violent, non-sexual offenders—probation should be the first option."

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Broad Coalition Urges End to 'Lock 'em Up' Crime Policies

After decades of being 'tough on crime,' a broad coalition of groups ranging from the conservative Texas Association of Business to the liberal American Civil Liberties Union are urging a pivot, and want the state to take steps to become 'smart on crime' instead, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

Texas groups from left, right unite for justice reform push

In a union of strange bedfellows, groups on the political left and right have united to press the Texas Legislature to adopt a series of criminal justice reforms intended save money and decrease prison populations.
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Getting Smart On Crime: New coalition launches legislative effort to bring about major juvenile and criminal justice reform in Texas

A broad-based and diverse coalition of groups is coming together to support criminal justice reforms that will make the system more just and, at the same time, improve public safety for all Texans. The Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition will advocate for reforms that will provide punishment that actually fits the crime, protection for the innocent and a path to redemption for those convicted of non-violent crimes so they can get back to work and be productive members of society.

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Republican Rep. Tan Parker open to medical marijuana in Texas

This election season our newspaper added two questions on drug policy to questionnaires we sent candidates for state offices. Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, surprised me with his answer on whether he’d support putting a medical marijuana amendment on the ballot for voters to decide.

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Broad-Based Coalition Launching Smart-On-Crime Initiative


September 15, 2014

Contact: Robert Wood 

Phone: (512) 637-7709

Broad-Based Coalition Launching Smart-On-Crime Initiative

AUSTIN, TX — The Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition will announce a wide-ranging and comprehensive criminal justice reform agenda for the 2015 Legislative Session at a Capitol news conference on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

WHAT: Press conference on launch of new criminal justice reform coalition

WHO: Bill Hammond, Texas Association of Business; Traci Berry, Goodwill Central Texas; Patrick Clark, Goodwill Central Texas client who has been through the criminal justice system; Judge Edna Staudt, Williamson County; Terri Burke, ACLU of Texas; Vikrant Reddy...

Low-Level Drug Possession Arrests Are Hurting Travis County, Report Finds

Low-level drug possession arrests are ineffective and harmful to people who need community-based help, rather than jail time, a new report concludes. The report, released Tuesday by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, Grassroots Leadership, the Texas Harm Reduction Alliance and the UT Law Civil Rights Clinic, analyzed Travis County data that found people of color are disproportionately arrested for these kinds of crimes.

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