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Michigan Suit on Scabies Outbreak Newest Grievance Over Women’s Prison Conditions

Michigan Suit on Scabies Outbreak Newest Grievance Over Women’s Prison Conditions

April 12, 2019

In September, a report released by the Justice Department cited the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for not adequately addressing the needs of female inmates when it comes to trauma treatment, pregnancy programming, and hygiene. It charged oversight of policies, including those regarding strip searches, are conducted remotely– with no onsite visits to ensure compliance. Striking a similar note, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition released a report last spring calling on the state to treat female inmates with “dignity.”

Read the rest of this article at The Crime Report....

Grand jury declines to indict TX prison guards who admitted to falsifying records

Grand jury declines to indict TX prison guards who admitted to falsifying records

April 11, 2019

A Bowie County grand jury last week declined to indict two former prison officials who admitted to altering inmate disciplinary records, a move that sparked outcry from advocates who said it again highlights the need for independent oversight of the Texas prison system.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Texas Bill Would Lower Penalty for Unlicensed Drivers

April 10, 2019

Driving with a suspended license is undoubtedly a petty crime, but more than 6,000 Texans were jailed for it in 2017. Texas state lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would reduce the penalty to a fine.

Read the rest of this article at Courthouse News Service.

‘I just kept thinking he was coming home’: Suicides in Texas prisons hit 20-year high

April 5, 2019

In his last letter home, Sawyer Letcher was searching for forgiveness.

“You are my hero and my inspiration — I love you more than life,” the 19-year-old prisoner wrote to his mother. “I did a lot of messed up stuff and I am just realizing now. I was just broken, trying to find my way.”

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle. 

Meet the advocates lobbying Texas lawmakers for more money and support this session

Meet the advocates lobbying Texas lawmakers for more money and support this session

April 1, 2019

During the Texas legislative session, the Capitol sees a rush of advocates. Our latest "Under the Dome" episode features two people lobbying on issues they are all too familiar with.

Watch the video from the Texas Tribune.

House considers expanding voting eligibility to felons on parole

March 25, 2019

Texas would grant felons who on parole or under supervision the right to vote if an effort by Democratic state representatives becomes law.

Read the rest of this article at the Statesman. 

Push to stop charging 17-year-olds as adults clears one hurdle

Push to stop charging 17-year-olds as adults clears one hurdle

March 22, 2019

You have to be 18 to vote, to join the military or to get married without parental permission — but in Texas, you don’t have to be 18 to be considered an adult. State lawmakers are once again considering whether we should treat 17-year-olds as adults when they commit crimes. 

Read the rest of this article from KXAN.

HB 344 aims to protect anyone, 17, from being prosecuted as an adult

March 22, 2019

A new bill could change the way the Texas justice system upholds the law against minors who are a year away from being an adult.

Read the rest of this article at 4 Valley Central.  

New Report Shares Lessons Learned from Youth Justice Visioning Sessions Across Texas

March 21, 2019

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition held a series of community visioning sessions across Texas, from July through October 2018, to answer this question: What do young people need to avoid justice system involvement and lead successful lives?

Read the rest of this press release here.

Democrat disputes $1.2 billion estimate to cool Texas prisons

March 21, 2019

Urging a Texas House committee to support his bill that would require state prisons to be kept at no more than 85 degrees in the summer, Rep. Terry Canales disputed the prison system’s $1.2 billion cost estimate to add air conditioning to all units.

Read the rest of this article from the Austin American-Statesman.

Texas officials say it would cost $1 billion to cool prisons – but they’ve grossly overestimated AC costs before

March 21, 2019

An estimate to put air conditioning into one prison changed from more than $20 million to $4 million last year.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune. 

Bill aims to raise age of criminal responsibility

March 19, 2019

A bill under consideration by The House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues has the potential to change the juvenile criminal justice system in our state.

Read the rest of this article at KXXV.com. 

Texas senator proposes moving all youth in state lockups to shuttered adult jail

March 12, 2019

After shrinking the population at state-run juvenile lockups, state Sen. John Whitmire wants to move the remaining youth at five facilities to one recently closed adult jail.

Read the rest of this article at the Texas Tribune.

Texas Prison Reformers Demand Dignity for Incarcerated Women

March 12, 2019

Bills addressing the basic needs of incarcerated women bolster the larger call for reform in the state prison system this session.

Read the rest of this article at the Texas Observer. 

Formerly incarcerated women demand fairness, dignified treatment for women in prison

March 8, 2019

On this International Women's Day, a group of women who've served time are demanding lawmakers pass a series of bills that would help meet the needs of the thousands of women who are locked up.

Read the rest of this article at Fox 7 Austin.

Texas Lawmakers Want Judges To Send Fewer Moms To Prison

March 7, 2019

When Mia Greer went to prison, she says she wasn’t the only one who was punished. Her kids suffered too.

Read the rest of this article at High Plains Public Radio. 

Some Texas Lawmakers Want To Make Porch Package Theft A Felony

March 6, 2019

Stealing a package off someone’s front porch could soon become a much more serious crime.  Three bills in the Texas Legislature are proposing to make it a felony.

Read the rest of this article at CBS DFW. 

Third Time’s The Charm? Marijuana Decriminalization Gets Another Chance in Texas

March 5, 2019

The first marijuana reform bill heard in committee this session would downgrade possession of an ounce to a civil offense and a fine up to $250.

Read the rest of this article at the Texas Observer. 

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Growing Population of Incarcerated Women

March 1, 2019

Lauren Johnson discovered she was pregnant days before going to prison. For the following eight months, guards escorted her, shackled, to Brackenridge Hospital once a month for her doctors’ appointments until she gave birth.

Read the rest of this article at Austin Woman Magazine.

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