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Video Announces Bipartisan Federal Legislation to Help Incarcerated Mothers and Babies

June 27, 2018

U.S. Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Mia Love (R-UT) Urge All Women in Congress to Co-Sponsor their Forthcoming Bill During Women Unshackled: The Next Step

Read the rest of this article at Justice Action Network.

Texas This Week: Criminal Justice Reform

June 24, 2018

In Texas This Week, the topic of criminal justice reform took center stage for the Women Unshackled conference at the University of Texas.

Watch the video at KVUE-ABC. 

Jenna Bush Hager Speaks on University of Texas Campus about Prison Reform for Women

June 22, 2018

Participants discuss Texas’ next step in “bipartisan” movement dealing with the over incarceration of women.

Read the rest of this article at Austin Monthly.

Jenna Bush speaks at event on the UT campus called 'Women Unshackled'

June 20, 2018

Crimes that land women in prison was the focus of a criminal justice reform discussion on the U-T campus.

Watch the video at KXAN

Education key to lowering number of incarcerated women, advocates say

June 20, 2018

Substance abuse, poverty, economic disadvantages, and mental health issues have contributed to a dramatic increase in the number of women incarcerated in Texas in the last three decades, community leaders, law enforcement officials and attorneys said Wednesday.

Read the rest of this article at My Statesman.

Women Unshackled: A Forum on Criminal Justice Reform

June 20, 2018

Join the Coalition for Public Safety and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition for a forum to discuss the unique challenges facing women in the justice system as well as policy solutions to improve outcomes.

Read the rest of this article at Austin Monthly.

Warden demoted as Texas prisons announce plan to review policy, ban disciplinary quotas

June 18, 2018

A Texas prison warden was demoted and transferred this month even as officials announced plans to boost officer training, review disciplinary policies and explicitly ban the sort of quota system that sparked a statewide audit.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

Radack accuses public defender of helping lawyers in bail lawsuit against county

June 9, 2018

Commissioners Court on Tuesday will discuss the fate of Harris County’s chief public defender amid allegations that he improperly used his office to help plaintiffs in a bail reform lawsuit against the county.

Read the rest of this article from the Houston Chronicle.

Imprisoned Women, a Texas Tragedy

May 30, 2018

Texas now leads the United States in female incarceration, but necessary services lag behind.

Read the rest of this article at Fort Worth Weekly.

Woman says she gave birth on jail floor after guards accused her of faking labor

May 23, 2018

Shaye Bear gave birth to her son, Cashh, in an Ellis County Jail cell in Waxahachie on Thursday. She was about five months pregnant.

Read the rest of this article at WLWT News.

Houston Is Forcing Its Parolees Out of City Center and into ‘the Boonies’

May 22, 2018

Houston has come up with a new way to make life harder for people leaving prison on parole: by forcing the programs that provide them with housing, often paired with job placement and other services, to move outside the city limits.

Read the rest of this article at In Justice Today.

"Women can do this": Female inmates in Texas find fulfillment in learning technical skills, but they have fewer options than men

May 21, 2018

Female inmates are offered fewer educational opportunities than men in Texas prisons, according to a recently released report. Those women who do have access to technical education say they are finding their passions.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Mother’s Day Behind Bars

May 11, 2018

The rate of growth for female incarceration has outpaced that of males by 50 percent since 1980–and over 60 percent of women in state prisons have a child under 18, according to a national advocacy group report released just ahead of Mother’s Day.

Read the rest of this post at The Crime Report.

Number of graves continues to grow at Fort Bend ISD work site

May 10, 2018

The number of graves discovered at a Fort Bend ISD construction site continues to grow, potentially affirming the views of a community activist who had warned district officials that the site could hold bodies of those who were part of a 19th century convict leasing system.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

A Catch-22 in the Crimmigration System in Harris County

May 8, 2018

In Houston, a lack of transparency and poor communication between immigration and criminal courts has created a civil rights nightmare and a clog in the system.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Observer.

Survey shows GOP base is tough on crime, but also smart on crime

May 4, 2018

Conservative voters are seeing the value in rehabilitation for offenders jailed on non-violent drug charges.

Read the rest of this article at Caller Times.

Survey: Strong Republican support for more job training at Texas prisons

May 2, 2018

A new survey by the bipartisan Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition shows a majority of Republican primary voters support criminal justice reforms in the state.

Read the rest of this article at KXAN.

Texas officials defend educational opportunities for incarcerated women

May 1, 2018

Education leaders in Texas' criminal justice system are pushing back on a recent report claiming incarcerated men have more opportunities for self-improvement than incarcerated women.

Read the rest of this article at Spectrum News.

What it looks like to be a woman jailed in Texas – where more are locked up than any other state

May 1, 2018

Texas now incarcerates more women by sheer number than any other state in the country, according to a new report.

Read the rest of this article at Dallas News.