TCJC In the News


Press Contact: For all media inquiries, please contact Madison Kaigh, Communications Manager, at mkaigh@TexasCJC.org or (512) 441-8123, ext. 108.


 

Crimewatch: Working to stop sex trafficking

February 28, 2019

As festival season gets underway in Austin police are warning the public to be on the lookout for suspicious activity that could be linked to sex trafficking.

Read the rest of this article at Fox 7 Austin.

Shelter in San Antonio serves young sex trafficking victims

February 25, 2019

The underage victims of sex trafficking in San Antonio now have a new place to heal and overcome their trauma, thanks to a partnership between Roy Maas Youth Alternatives and a number of local donors.

Read the rest of this article at theTexarkana Gazette.

The Revolving Door Between Homelessness and Prison

February 22, 2019

People experiencing homelessness are 11 times more likely to face incarceration compared to the general population, and formerly incarcerated individuals are nearly 10 times more likely to be homeless, a new study by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) found.

Read the rest of this article at The Crime Report. 

DA to ask for more prosecutors again, citing large-scale case review sparked by botched drug raid

February 21, 2019

Once again, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg is asking for more prosecutors - this time to handle the extra case reviews stemming from the botched Pecan Park drug raid and its fallout.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle. 

New Report Explains the Link Between Homelessness and Justice System Involvement

February 21, 2019

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition released the final report in its "One Size Fails All" report series.  The report, Return to Nowhwere: The Revolving Door Between Incarceration and Homelessness, examines the undeniable link between homelessness and criminal justice system involvement, and the factors that contribute to both. It offers recommendations to end the chronic pattern that wastes lives and squanders resources that could be better used to address the factors leading to homelessness.

Read the rest of this press release here....

Film Detailing Austin Teacher's Violent Arrest To Be Screened

February 18, 2019

Oscar-nominated 2017 documentary 'Traffic Stop' tells harrowing story of schoolteacher Breaion King, thrown to the ground by officer.

Read the rest of this article at Patch. 

The Race for San Antonio Mayor a Second Referendum

February 17, 2019

As a reader, I came to Senior Reporter Iris Dimmick’s Q&A with the nine candidates who want to be mayor of San Antonio with skepticism. Readers of the interviews published Saturday will recognize only a few of the candidates’ names, at best, so there was little reason to expect coherent responses or actionable ideas.

Read the rest of this article from the Rivard Report.

Built with rehabilitation in mind, Texas state jails are now viewed by lawmakers as a "complete failure"

February 14, 2019

State jails were created to help low-level drug offenders get treatment. But they offer few rehabilitative services, and their inmates are more likely to reoffend.

Read the rest of the article at the Texas Tribune.

Harris County Leaders Vote Against District Attorney’s $20 Million Budget Request To Hire More Prosecutors

February 12, 2019

The Harris County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday against District Attorney Kim Ogg’s request for a $20 million budget increase to hire more prosecutors.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Public Media.

Harris County DA Says Her Request For More Prosecutors Has Been Politicized

February 11, 2019

Criminal Justice reform groups have criticized Kim Ogg’s request to hire 102 new lawyers. They argue more people will be jailed, but the DA says her office needs more staff to handle a backlog of cases.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Public Media.

Hammond: Criminal justice should deliver better results at lower cost

February 9, 2019

Texas spends more than $168 million each year locking people up for state jail felonies — in many cases for minor offenses — with a 62 percent re-arrest rate within three years. 

Read the rest of this article at Longview News-Journal. 

Convicted young, longtime Texas inmates hope Second Look bill could give them a second chance

February 9, 2019

The first time Michael Tracy skipped school, it was to help plan a robbery. He was 17, and reckless.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle. 

Community Advocacy Group Opposes Harris County District Attorney’s Budget Request for 102 Additional Prosecutors

February 5, 2019

TCJC joins with others to oppose Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg’s budget request to fund 102 new prosecutors. TCJC urges county officials to further examine the request for more funding.

Read the rest of this press release here.

Ogg’s Push To Hire More Prosecutors Stirs Backlash From Criminal Justice Reform Groups

February 5, 2019

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg is seeking an extra $20 million to hire 102 prosecutors, in order to relieve a backlog that has built up since Harvey.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Public Media. 

Kim Ogg's request for 100 more prosecutors criticized by reformers

February 4, 2019

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg is asking Commissioners Court for 100 new prosecutors to help clear a felony case backlog that was exacerbated by Hurricane Harvey. 

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

La Puerta, a safe place for sex trafficking victims to heal, is ready to open in San Antonio

January 30, 2019

La Puerta, an emergency shelter for the underage victims of sex-trafficking, was unveiled during a ceremony Jan. 30, 2019. The facility is a service of Roy Maas Youth Alternatives.

Read the rest of this article at San Antonio Express-News

12-year-old charged with capital murder spotlights justice system ill-equipped for juveniles

January 25, 2019

A 12-year-old in Texas has been charged with capital murder after allegedly breaking into the home of a professional boxer and killing him. The boy could face a maximum of 40 years if convicted, a sentence that juvenile justice advocates are hoping he can avoid.

Read the rest of this article at NBC News.

Programs In Dallas And Williamson Counties Offer Young Offenders An Alternative To Incarceration

Programs In Dallas And Williamson Counties Offer Young Offenders An Alternative To Incarceration

January 24, 2019

About 20 young people sit across from one another in two teams in a community room at CitySquare Opportunity Center in South Dallas. Deontra Wade walks around the room with notecards in hand and asks everyone about themselves, using his best Steve Harvey voice.

Read the rest of this article from KUT.

Houston senator raises possibility of state oversight for Harris County jail

January 17, 2019

A day after another suicide at the local lock-up, a Houston-based legislator raised the possibility of state oversight for the troubled Harris County jail.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

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