TCJC In the News

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For those accused in Harris County, it's time to right a legal wrong

January 9, 2016

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

Guarding Against Self-Harm

January 6, 2016

Have you ever attempted suicide? Are you thinking of killing or injuring yourself today?

Read the rest of this article at Texas Observer.

Graziani, Smith: Better state jail oversight can curb suicides

December 30, 2015

In the aftermath of Sandra Bland's death in the Waller County jail, Texas is now discussing suicide prevention in local jails.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Whitmire calls for sentencing reform in low-level drug cases

December 15, 2015

Criminal Justice Committee Chair Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, has sent a strong signal now that he wants to review state drug sentencing guidelines during the 85th session of the Texas Legislature.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Koch Campaign Strains Criminal Justice Coalition

December 15, 2015

Until recently, progressives have largely embraced the involvement of the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch in the push for criminal justice reform, including changes in mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

Read the rest of this article at The American Prospect.

DPS searches Hispanics more, finds less, Statesman analysis shows

December 5, 2015

Over the past five years, Hispanic motorists stopped by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were 33 percent more likely to be searched than white drivers. Yet those inspections were less likely to result in the discovery of drugs, weapons or illegal currency than the searches performed on white drivers.

Read the rest of this article at myStatesman.

Fort Bend County community approves curfew for minors

December 5, 2015

In an unincorporated section of Fort Bend County, just north of Sugar Land, minors now face a curfew - a tool that some criminal justice reform advocates say harms youth rather than helps address underlying problems.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Suicides and attempts on the rise in Texas prisons

November 29, 2015

Jacqueline Aguilar’s 26-year-old brother, Jose Aguilar, had spent nearly nine months in solitary confinement at the Ferguson Unit when he hanged himself in February 2014. 

Read the rest of this article at the Dallas Morning News.

Fort Bend sheriff pushes back against criticism over jail suicides

November 28, 2015

The Fort Bend County sheriff is pushing back against criticism of his agency following two reported jail suicides this fall, including a state report citing the jail for violating minimum standards.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Focus of probation shifts from punishment to rehabilitation for non-violent drug offenses

November 20, 2015

Seven years ago, Terry Brudos pulled his truck into the probation parking lot in Georgetown. He finished up a final toke of methamphetamines, put down the pipe and walked in to meet with his probation officer.

Read the rest of this article at the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

Smith: Fair chance hiring expands workforce; improves public safety

November 18, 2015

The Austin City Council’s Economic Opportunity Committee took bold action on Monday to pass a comprehensive Fair Chance Hiring ordinance to the full council for vote. 

Read the rest of this article at myStatesman.

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition Welcomes New Policy Director, Shakira Pumphrey

November 16, 2015

Effective November 16, 2015, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition announces Shakira Pumphrey as its new Policy Director.  In this role, Ms. Pumphrey has strategic and operational responsibility for generating and coordinating TCJC’s research and policy work.

Black Lives Matter Searches for its Next Step

November 15, 2015

More than two years after the heat of anger over Trayvon Martin's shooting in Florida fused into Black Lives Matter, an Austin chapter is trying to mold its energy into an agenda to influence state lawmakers.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Temper Risk and Needs Assessments With Positive Youth Development

November 11, 2015

Taken on the surface, risk and needs assessments inherently undermine the principles of PYD. But, when used intentionally and carefully, using risk and needs assessments within a PYD framework could ensure better outcomes for youth and communities.

Read the rest of this article at the JuvenileJustice Information Exchange. 

Nearly 600 early release prisoners headed to Texas

October 29, 2015

AUSTIN — Prisons across the country will release 6,000 inmates early and nearly 600 of them, are headed to Texas.

Read the rest of this article at KXAN.

Travis County Inmates to See Families Face-to-Face Again

October 24, 2015

In a victory for prison reform groups, in-person visitations are coming back after more than two years behind screens.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Observer.

Report: Expanding Drug Diversion Programs Would Improve Safety and Save Tax Dollars

October 19, 2015

A new report from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition suggests there are economic and social benefits to expanding Harris County’s drug diversion programs.

Read the rest of the article at Houston Matters.

Texas prison rehabilitation revolution catches eye of UK justice minister

October 16, 2015

You might expect a foreign visitor eager to learn about the penal system in the Lone Star State to head for the Texas Prison Museum near Houston, to check out the star exhibit.

Read the rest of this article at The Guardian.

The Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances National Tour Heads to Austin

October 9, 2015

The Coalition for Public Safety and Right on Crime took the Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances National Tour to Texas yesterday, hosting a public event at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin.

Read the rest of this article at The Coalition for Public Safety.

Getting Outside the Box: Should a criminal record mean a life sentence of unemployment?

October 9, 2015

Most people, when filling out a job application, accentuate the positive. But for the nearly 12 million Texans with criminal records, there's one question that's not so easily spun: Have you been convicted of a crime?

Read the rest of this article at The Austin Chronicle.