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"No Cost" License Plate Readers Are Turning Texas Police into Mobile Debt Collectors and Data Miners

January 26, 2016

Vigilant Solutions, one of the country’s largest brokers of vehicle surveillance technology, is offering a hell of a deal to law enforcement agencies in Texas: a whole suite of automated license plate reader (ALPR) equipment and access to the company’s massive databases and analytical tools—and it won’t cost the agency a dime.

Read the rest of this article at EFF.

Fort Hood Begins First-of-its-Kind Veterans' Treatment Court on Base

January 26, 2016

This month, Fort Hood – one of the largest military installations in the world – and federal prosecutors are piloting a veterans’ treatment court.

Read the rest of this article at kwbw.

TX Senator Cornyn A ‘Peacemaker’ As GOP Rift On Criminal Justice Widens

January 26, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at CBS DFW.

Texas Law Protects Landlords Who Lease to Non-Violent Ex-Offenders

January 13, 2016

A new law protects Texas landlords from liability if they lease to a person with a non-violent criminal history. 

Read the rest of this article at Public News Service.

Sorry for Life?: Ashley Ervin Didn’t Kill Anyone, But She Drove Home the Boys Who Did

January 12, 2016

When Ashley Ervin was sentenced to life in prison for capital murder, her bedroom was decorated with Mickey Mouse everything.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Press.

If only the system treated everyone like 'affluenza' mom

January 12, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

Bail Hearings: Where Prosecutors And Magistrates Ensure Defenseless People Stay In Jail

January 11, 2016

University of Houston law professor Sandra Thompson promises that bail hearings are not what you've seen on TV—especially in Harris County.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Press.

While other states eye reform, NM readies for ‘tough on crime’ session

January 11, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at NM Political Report.

A day in the life of ‘Miss P’

January 9, 2016

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.

Read the rest of this article at mrt.

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.