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Texas prisons consider transfer of youth to former death row unit on heels of rape investigation

February 28, 2018

The Texas prison system is considering moving youthful offenders from a Brazoria prison to the former death row unit in Huntsville on the heels of a rape investigation, according to one lawmaker and multiple sources within the agency.

Read the rest this article at San Antonio Express-News.

Commissioners, criminal justice advocates quarrel about funding of Travis Co. women's jail

February 28, 2018

A majority of facilities at the Travis County Correction Complex need major infrastructure upgrades. Nineteen of 27 buildings fail functional, mechanical, and architectural ratings, according to the Planning and Budget Office. A two-year analysis resulted in the 2016 master plan with recommendations on renovation and expansion. 

Read the rest of this article at Spectrum News Austin.

Travis County commissioners delay vote on women’s jail expansion

February 27, 2018

When Travis County commissioners approved the 2018 budget in September that included about $6.6 million to design a new women’s facility in the Del Valle jail, County Judge Sarah Eckhardt insisted, over the cries of criminal justice reform advocates, that it would not mean more beds overall but that more would be allocated to women.

Read the rest of this article at the Austin American-Statesman.

In Houston, outrage over a school arrest that landed a student in immigration detention

February 15, 2018

The Houston school district is under fire after a student without legal status ended up in immigration detention following his arrest by a school police officer for an altercation with a female student.

Read the rest of this article at NBC News.

Austin High School students protest arrest of immigrant student booked into jail for assault

February 14, 2018

More than 300 Stephen F. Austin High School students walked out during their lunch break Wednesday to protest the arrest of a Honduran teen who landed in immigrant detention after a fight at school.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

After fatal fires, Houston officials propose stronger lodging house safety rules

February 13, 2018

After residential facility fires last year claimed the lives of three people and displaced dozens of others, Houston city officials on Tuesday unveiled several proposed changes to city ordinances aimed at improving oversight of the buildings.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Reformers Seek to Establish Nonprofit in Charge of Police Oversight

February 12, 2018

As the Austin Police Association (APA) continues negotiating a new union contract with the city of Austin, police reform advocates are asking that the city fund an independent nonprofit to review complaints against the police department.

Read the rest of this article at Nonprofit Quarterly.

Tear gas, pepper spray use up in Texas prisons, including on suicidal inmates

February 12, 2018

As violence behind bars continues to rise, Texas prisons over the past 10 years have seen a 71 percent increase in the use of chemical agents on inmates, often those attempting suicide or self-harm.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Community-Built, Community-Driven Oversight?

February 9, 2018

When the city's police union meet-and-confer agreement expired in December, with it expired language that both provided for the Citizen Review Panel and barred the city from experimenting with any parallel mechanism of community oversight.

Read the rest of this article at the Austin Chronicle.

The False Promise of Bail Reform in Dallas County: Debate Continues While People Languish in Jail

February 8, 2018

For five days, 47-year-old Shannon Daves sat in solitary confinement in a Dallas County jail because she couldn’t afford to pay $500 bail. Daves, who is unemployed and homeless, was isolated because she is transgender — allegedly to protect her from the jail’s general population. She faces a misdemeanor property theft charge.

Read the rest of this article from the Appeal....

The False Promise of Bail Reform in Dallas County: Debate Continues While People Languish in Jail

February 8, 2018

For five days, 47-year-old Shannon Daves sat in solitary confinement in a Dallas County jail because she couldn’t afford to pay $500 bail.

Read the rest of the article at Medium's In Justice Today.

Texas may shutter some juvenile prisons in push to shift youth closer to home

February 7, 2018

If everything goes as planned, Texas could shutter some of its state-run juvenile prisons over the next five years, according to the newly installed director of the troubled Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

Read the rest of this article at San Antonio Express News.

Police reform activists call for city-funded nonprofit for police complaints

February 6, 2018

Representatives of Austin’s police union said Monday that they’re eager to begin negotiations with the new city manager on a contract that can hopefully win approval from City Council.

Read the rest of this article at the Austin Monitor.

Suicide attempts have more than doubled in Texas prisons

February 5, 2018

The attempted suicide rate recorded inside the Texas prison system has doubled in four years, a trend that some experts call "concerning" and others see as a positive sign the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is getting more serious about tracking mental health issues.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

TJC hosts public hearing of Texas House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety

February 3, 2018

Tyler Junior College hosted a public hearing of the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety February 1, in the board room on the TJC main campus. 

Read the rest of this article at The Gilmer Mirror.

Gov. Greg Abbott Taps Former Ranger To Head The State’s Juvenile Justice Department

February 2, 2018

There’s a shakeup going on at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department after a Dallas Morning News investigation revealed widespread allegations of different types of abuse.

Read the rest of this article – and listen to a radio interview with TCJC’s Lindsey Linder – at KUT 90.5.

“They’re just setting those babies up for the penitentiary”: How minor offenses feed overcrowding at Houston youth jail

February 2, 2018

Across Texas, kids are getting into less trouble with the law even though the state population is exploding. So why is Harris County's juvenile detention center bursting at the seams? 

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

In Harris County, the ‘Slow Erosion’ of a System That Keeps People in Jail Because They’re Poor

February 1, 2018

The case to end cash bail puts Harris County judges and magistrates under a microscope.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Observer.

4 current and former juvenile prison employees arrested following Texas Rangers investigation

February 1, 2018

It's been a rough month for the state's scandal-plagued juvenile lock-ups.  The string of shake-ups at the top. The flurry of concern over moving kids to adult prison. The cloud of concern from the sex abuse scandal.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

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