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Koch network targets Texas in push for prison reform in Trump era

February 1, 2018

The network backed by the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch is investing millions to research how to help former prisoners successfully re-enter society in Texas and three other states.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Cash bail system promotes profit, not justice

February 1, 2018

Bail is not intended to be a punishment; its intended purpose is to make sure that people show up for their court date. But in communities across Texas, people who are still presumed innocent are being held in jail because they can't afford to post bail.

Read the rest of this op-ed, co-authored by TCJC's Jay Jenkins, at the Houston Chronicle.

Governor appoints former Texas Ranger as new juvenile justice watchdog amid agency shake-up

January 31, 2018

A former Texas Ranger is set to take over as independent watchdog for Texas juvenile prisons, a shift the governor announced Wednesday amid an agency shake-up on the heels of a sex abuse scandal.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Texas Juvenile Justice Department's watchdog is latest to go in Abbott shakeup

January 30, 2018

Gov. Greg Abbott is set to make his latest move in shaking up leadership at the scandal-plagued Texas Juvenile Justice Department, multiple reform advocates said Tuesday.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Gov. Abbott replacing ombudsman, board chair at troubled Texas Juvenile Justice Department

January 30, 2018

Gov. Greg Abbott is in the process of replacing two top officials at the scandal-plagued juvenile justice agency that is still adjusting to a new executive director who took the helm last month.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Travis County Plans New Women's Jail

January 26, 2018

One evening last September, an employee at the local organization Grassroots Lead­er­ship was scanning through Travis Coun­ty's proposed budget when she stumbled upon plans for a new $91 million women's jail on the county's Del Valle correctional campus.

Read the rest of this article at the Austin Chronicle.

In crisis, Texas Juvenile Justice Department looks to an unconventional new leader

January 26, 2018

With no experience working directly with incarcerated kids, Camille Cain is an unconventional choice to be the new director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. But experts hope she'll be well-suited to handle problems like staffing shortages and a sexual abuse scandal. 

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

In bid to boost safety, juvenile justice agency reviewing violent youth for possible transfer

January 22, 2018

Staff at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department have been asked to review a few dozen problem inmates for possible transfer to adult prisons, a move that has sparked concern among activists and advocates.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

5 lessons for teaching law and technology

January 22, 2018

Over the fall semester, we ran an experiment at the Georgetown University Law Center.  Through a course we co-created and taught, we used technology to help students critically think through criminal justice policy and law.

Read the rest of this article at ABA Journal.

'That would break us': Raising age of responsibility would create massive influx to juvenile lockups

January 19, 2018

Texas is unlikely to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 17 to 18 next year, a top state official has predicted, to the dismay of juvenile justice advocates. 

Read the rest of this article at Dallas News.

Advocates Urge Halt To Travis County Plans For New Women's Jail

January 19, 2018

Instead, nine community groups urge for greater focus to be placed on implementing recommendations aimed at reducing incarceration rates.

Read the rest of this article at Patch.

Texas female prison population rises as male population decreases

January 12, 2018

The female prison population in the Lone Star state is on the rise even as fewer men are filling state lock-ups - but experts say it's not clear why.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Without The Contract That Created It, Office Collecting Complaints Against Police Still Intact

January 8, 2018

Despite the dissolution of a contract governing its existence, Austin’s Office of the Police Monitor will remain intact for now. The office fields citizen complaints against officers and has access to internal affairs investigations.

Read the rest of this article at KUT.

Austin Monitor Radio: APD contracts, the critics

January 8, 2018

In this edition of Austin Monitor Radio, editor Elizabeth Pagano sits down with Chas Moore of the Austin Justice Coalition and Kathy Mitchell from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition to talk about City Council’s unanimous rejection of the Austin Police Department contract.

Listen to this interview on the Austin Monitor.

Texas Matters: Maternal Mortality Rates; Women In Texas Politics; & Juvenile Sex Abuse Scandal

January 5, 2018

This week on "Texas Matters," we look at a major flaw in the way maternal mortality rates in Texas are tracked (00:25). Also, why are more women running for office in the state (7:53)? And, finally, we examine what's behind a new sex abuse scandal in the Texas juvenile justice system (17:39).

Read the rest of this article and listen to the radio interview on Texas Public Radio.

Life After Meet-and-Confer

December 22, 2017

Barring some last-minute Christmas miracle, the city's meet-and-confer agreement with the Austin Police Association is dead. Over the weekend, union membership voted overwhelmingly (1,305 to 110) to reject City Council's overtures for a renegotiation.

Read the rest of this article at the Austin Chronicle.

Cruel and unusual: Dallas County teen inmates locked indoors for months

December 21, 2017

Death row inmates in Texas are given at least an hour a week outdoors. Hardened criminals inside California's famous San Quentin prison get 10 hours. Yet kids at a Dallas County correctional center for boys went months, sometimes more than a year, without going outdoors more than a few times.

Read the rest of this article at Dallas News.

Police decline further contract talks for now

December 20, 2017

The Austin Police Association on Tuesday resoundingly rejected the City Council’s request that it continue its current contract for a few months and return to the negotiating table.

Read the rest of this article at Austin Monitor.

Some APD officers already putting in for retirement after contract was stalled

December 15, 2017

Austin police officers have exactly two weeks to decide whether or not they will keep hashing out a new contract with the city.

Read the rest of this article at KXAN Austin.

Austin City Council Takes a Step Toward Police Reform, Rejects Union Contract

December 14, 2017

Activists said the contract would perpetuate a broken system of citizen oversight and shield cops who engage in misconduct.

Please read the rest of this article at The Texas Observer.