A widening Republican rift over revamping the nation’s criminal justice system is dashing hopes for overhaul in the final year of President Barack Obama’s tenure despite strong bipartisan support and a concerted effort by the second-ranking GOP senator.
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A new law protects Texas landlords from liability if they lease to a person with a non-violent criminal history.
When Ashley Ervin was sentenced to life in prison for capital murder, her bedroom was decorated with Mickey Mouse everything.
Another slap in the face. That was my initial reaction to the news that Mama Couch, enabler of Ethan "Affluenza Teen" Couch, succeeded in getting a Tarrant County judge on Monday to reduce her bond from $1 million to $75,000.
University of Houston law professor Sandra Thompson promises that bail hearings are not what you've seen on TV—especially in Harris County.
In a crowded conference room in the mayor’s office last November, reporters and police officers gathered to see Republican lawmakers and Mayor Richard Berry discuss their plans for combating repeat criminal behavior.
Early morning on Christmas Day, a car pulls up outside the Midland County Detention Center and a deputy gets out. He hefts his backpack onto his shoulder and shakes himself as he walks toward the jail employee entrance on West Industrial Avenue.
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.
In the aftermath of Sandra Bland's death in the Waller County jail, Texas is now discussing suicide prevention in local jails.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.