Letter From Director

 

Hello,

It brings me great pleasure to welcome you to our website!  I am Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa; I’m the Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC). We’re a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Austin and Houston, Texas, with statewide impact.

If you are exploring this website, you or someone you know has probably been impacted by Texas’ criminal or juvenile justice system.  Given that there are thousands of individuals working in criminal and juvenile justice – and that more than a half million Texans are involved in the State’s justice system on any given day – you are not alone.  

TCJC, which was founded over a decade ago, has been instrumental in shifting the state’s policy approach from “lock ‘em up and throw away the key” to a more smart-on-crime approach that advances policies that work for our communities.  These policies not only increase public safety but also save taxpayer dollars.

In fact, our prison population is no longer rising, our crime rates are declining, fewer youth are being incarcerated, more people are getting representation, and people seeking to live healthier, more productive lives are facing fewer barriers.

Although Texas has come a long way in improving our criminal and juvenile justice systems, we must continually work towards creating stronger families, less taxpayer waste, and safer communities.  I invite you to visit our Project and Resource webpages so that you can join us in identifying, researching, and advancing solutions that will truly make a positive difference in the lives of Texans.  

From practitioners, to policy-makers, to members of the media, to the loved ones of system-involved individuals – together, we can create a brighter future for Texas.

All the best,

Ana

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