Letter From Director

Hello and welcome to our website!

I’m Leah Pinney, the Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC), which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Austin and Houston, Texas. 

I’m proud to share with you that TCJC recently marked its 15-year anniversary!  During these many years, our work has been instrumental in shifting Texas’ longstanding tough-on-crime approach to one that is nationally recognized as more fair, effective, and rehabilitative, with supporters on both sides of the aisle now championing this smart-on-crime path for Texas.  TCJC’s research, education, and advocacy efforts have helped drive the passage of over 165 statewide justice policies and have influenced the use of best practices that improve criminal and youth justice systems across Texas. 

As there are thousands of individuals working in criminal and juvenile justice, and more than a half million Texans involved in the state’s justice system on any given day, we hope the information you find on our website will help you make a positive difference in the lives of your fellow Texans. 

  • Are you looking for resources to help someone you know who has been impacted by Texas’ criminal or juvenile justice system?  Check out our Tools for System-Involved Youth or Tools for System-Involved Adult pages, as well as our searchable Texas County Resources database.
  • Are you looking for data about the fiscal and human costs of over-incarceration in Texas?  Visit the Basic Facts section on each of our project pages.
  • Are you a practitioner, stakeholder, or policy-maker seeking information about best practices or recommendations for an area of justice you care about?  Our Public Policy Center site has a wealth of information about various policies and strategies that can positively impact criminal and youth justice systems in Texas.

I also invite you to learn more about our work, important reports and events, and other key news by signing up to receive our monthly e-updates.

Texas has come a long way in improving our criminal and juvenile justice systems, but there is still more we need to do!  If you agree, I invite you to join us by becoming a sustainer at any level.  Your tax-deductible donation means we can continue to advance smart justice policies that will help build stronger families and safer, healthier communities for everyone.

Thank you for visiting TCJC.  Together, we can create a brighter future for Texas!

All the best,