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Policy Work

Youth Justice

We want fewer kids entering youth or adult prisons, more kids kept closer to home, trauma-informed programming, and a path to redemption for those who can prove they merit a second chance.

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Adult Justice

We want lower prison and jail populations – with effective, community-based treatment and supervision, and fairness in sentencing – as well as safer prison conditions and more opportunities for a successful reentry.

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Women's Justice

We want to stem the tide of women’s incarceration, improve their conditions of confinement and expand their access to services, and help women safely and successfully return to their families and communities.

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Interactive County Data Dashboards

Harris County

This dashboard visualizes over 800,000 Harris County criminal court dispositions dating back to 2010 using historical data provided by the Harris County District Clerk. Although these are public record, we have removed identifying information and obscured addresses to protect individual identities. 

Harris County Dashboard


Dallas County

This dashboard visualizes over 113,000 Dallas County criminal court cases between 2017 and 2018. Data on misdemeanor cases were provided by the Dallas County Clerk's office through a public information request. Data on felony cases were downloaded from the Dallas County Clerk's website.

Dallas County Dashboard


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So Much More Than "Formerly Incarcerated"

Before April 2017, I truly believed that I was destined to either perish as a result of my addiction or spend my life in prison. I was a woman who’d been trapped in a cycle... Read more >

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Spotlight: Restorative Justice in Texas Schools

Reversing the Pipeline to Prison in Texas:
How to Ensure Safe Schools AND Safe Students

TCJC's Youth Justice policy team talked with school discipline experts and students across Texas to learn more about disciplinary practices and restorative justice, which addresses students' misbehavior and holds them accountable in a safe, non-court setting--leading to better outcomes for students, victims, schools, and communities. That research has informed our report recommendations for schools, school districts, the Texas Legislature, and the Texas Education Agency.