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Expanding Harris County’s successful drug diversion program will further improve public safety outcomes and save taxpayer dollars

September 30, 2015

In October 2014, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson partnered with local law enforcement to establish the First Chance Intervention Program, a rehabilitative diversion program for individuals with first-time, Class B misdemeanor marijuana possession offenses.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Panel To Explore Future Of Criminal Justice In Texas

September 30, 2015

A recent report by the State of Texas Legislative Budget Board projects that incarceration rates for adults and the juvenile population will “remain stable” through the year 2020, with residential populations expected to remain at or below capacity.

Read the rest of this artilce at Kstar.

Jenkins, Neill: Harris County should stop jailing small-time drug offenders

September 29, 2015

Drug policy in the U.S. is changing. After more than 40 years of a War on Drugs that did little to curb supply or demand of illegal highs, jurisdictions across the nation are reconsidering their approach to drugs and drug users, with special emphasis on finding alternatives to incarceration.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

New Report: Expanding Harris County’s Successful Drug Diversion Program Will Further Improve Public Safety Outcomes & Save Taxpayer Dollars

September 28, 2015

In October 2014, the Harris County District Attorney established the First Chance Intervention Program. Today, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy released a report examining the program and the potential benefits that would come with expanding it.

UT study finds longer incarceration for girls, but why remains unclear

September 27, 2015

When Erin Espinosa was a probation officer in Texas, she often found herself between a rock and a hard place when she had to decide whether to keep a girl detained after committing a crime or return her on probation to a troubled home.

Read the rest of this article at myStatesman.

Texas Still Has Largest U.S. Prison Population; Decline Topped National Average

September 25, 2015

The 1.3 percent decline in Texas’ prison population last year was slightly higher than the national drop of one percent, says the Texas Tribune.

Read the rest of this article at The Crime Report.

Dip in Texas Prison Population Continues Trend

September 25, 2015

The number of men and women being held in Texas prisons fell by more than one percent in 2014, a slight dip that continues a downward trend aided by new diversion programs and a reluctance by state lawmakers to add more prison beds.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Can Skype-Like Video Chats Replace In-Person Jail Visits?

September 23, 2015

In Texas, jails in Travis and Bastrop counties have completely done away with in-person inmate visits, but it has led some to question the legality of the cost-cutting measure.

Read the rest of this article at Government Technology.

Girls Incarcerated Longer for Less Serious Offenses, Texas Study Shows

September 22, 2015

Girls serve longer sentences than boys in the Texas juvenile justice system, and for less serious offenses, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin.

Read the rest of this article at Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

From the Fields of Delano to the Halls of Congress: Latinas Leading the Charge for Justice

September 17, 2015

A half-century ago this week, Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers voted to join Larry Itliong and Filipino farmworkers’ in commencing the Delano Grape Strike.

Read the rest of this article at the Drug Policy Alliance.

The Death Of Victoria Gray: How Texas Jails Are Failing Their Most Vulnerable Captives

September 15, 2015

If a reporter asks John Gray to do an in-person interview, he insists that the backdrop is the same: The Brazoria County Jail, in Angleton, Texas, just south of Houston.

Read the rest of this article at ThinkProgess.

Haven for trafficking victims planned for Bastrop County

September 14, 2015

Brooke Crowder found her calling in graduate school when she saw a video of young girls being pulled out of a hole in the floor of a brothel in India. 

Read the rest of this article at myStatesman.

CNHI: Stealing more costs less under change to property laws

September 9, 2015

AUSTIN - Stealing is still a crime in Texas, but as of Sept. 1, you may be able to steal more and pay less if you’re caught.

Read the rest of this article at the Corsicana Daily Sun.

Relaxed Food Stamp Rules Meant to Help Felons

August 30, 2015

Starting Sept. 1, a new Texas law will allow people with felony drug convictions to qualify for food assistance, ending the lifetime ban they currently face. Supporters hope the change will reduce recidivism as it helps felons get back on their feet. 

Read the rest of the article at The Texas Tribune. 

New CEOs for EARN, Moyer Foundation, and AIDS Charity

August 28, 2015

Leigh Phillips will take over as chief executive officer of this organization, which helps low-income people build savings accounts.

Read the rest of this article at The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

2016 Texas congressional race is already called a tossup

August 21, 2015

It’s not just the presidential race that’s in play next year. The stakes are also high in the House and Senate, especially for Democrats, who are hoping to retake the Senate after losing it in 2014 and are also eyeing the House, though the odds are longer there.

Read the rest of the article at Star-Telegram.

Texas set to welcome grand jury reform

August 13, 2015

Grand juries do important work. They determine whether individuals have committed a crime worth prosecuting. 

Read the rest of this article at High Plains Blogger. 

TCJC Executive Director Ana Yáñez-Correa to Become Program Officer at Public Welfare Foundation

August 12, 2015

Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, who has served as the Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition since 2005, has accepted the position of Program Officer at the Washington, DC-based Public Welfare Foundation.  She will be leading the Foundation’s Criminal Justice program, effective November 2, 2015.

Public Welfare Foundation Selects New Criminal Justice Program Officer

August 10, 2015

Mary E. McClymont, president of the Public Welfare Foundation, announced today that Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, who is currently the executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC), will become the foundation’s Criminal Justice Program Officer, effective November 2, 2015.

Read the rest of this article at the Public Welfare Foundation.

Texas Grand Jury Selection to Become More Random

August 4, 2015

Texas is on the verge of overhauling the way it selects grand jurors, shifting away from an antiquated process that critics say creates the potential for conflicts of interest.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.