State prison officials are in emergency-response mode this week as a heat wave bears down on a large swath of Texas, rivaling the system that triggered the deaths of 10 inmates from heat stroke in 2011.
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As investigators build their case against the man they have accused of cutting off his ankle monitor and killing three people, top law officials say the tragedy raises questions about the oversight and tracking of parole violators in Houston.
By 2020, the only bachelor's degree programs available to incarcerated women in Texas will end. TCJC's Lindsey Linder shares the importance of adding more degree programs for women and examination of barriers to entry.
Lindsey Linder joins Bill Hammond of Texas Smart On Crime Coalition on an op-ed regardng the unjust pretrial practices of money bail bonds, their harm to the poor, and endangerment to public safety.
Public defender Amalia Beckner crowdfunds to purchase books for jailed clients. TCJC's Doug Smith shares his personal story to the power of books behind bars.
U.S. Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Mia Love (R-UT) Urge All Women in Congress to Co-Sponsor their Forthcoming Bill During Women Unshackled: The Next Step
Participants discuss Texas’ next step in “bipartisan” movement dealing with the over incarceration of women.
Crimes that land women in prison was the focus of a criminal justice reform discussion on the U-T campus.
Substance abuse, poverty, economic disadvantages, and mental health issues have contributed to a dramatic increase in the number of women incarcerated in Texas in the last three decades, community leaders, law enforcement officials and attorneys said Wednesday.
Join the Coalition for Public Safety and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition for a forum to discuss the unique challenges facing women in the justice system as well as policy solutions to improve outcomes.
A Texas prison warden was demoted and transferred this month even as officials announced plans to boost officer training, review disciplinary policies and explicitly ban the sort of quota system that sparked a statewide audit.
Texas now leads the United States in female incarceration, but necessary services lag behind.
Shaye Bear gave birth to her son, Cashh, in an Ellis County Jail cell in Waxahachie on Thursday. She was about five months pregnant.
Houston has come up with a new way to make life harder for people leaving prison on parole: by forcing the programs that provide them with housing, often paired with job placement and other services, to move outside the city limits.
"Women can do this": Female inmates in Texas find fulfillment in learning technical skills, but they have fewer options than men
Female inmates are offered fewer educational opportunities than men in Texas prisons, according to a recently released report. Those women who do have access to technical education say they are finding their passions.
Since the early 1990s, Texas has seen a spike in the number of women entering the prison system.
The rate of growth for female incarceration has outpaced that of males by 50 percent since 1980–and over 60 percent of women in state prisons have a child under 18, according to a national advocacy group report released just ahead of Mother’s Day.
The number of graves discovered at a Fort Bend ISD construction site continues to grow, potentially affirming the views of a community activist who had warned district officials that the site could hold bodies of those who were part of a 19th century convict leasing system.
In Houston, a lack of transparency and poor communication between immigration and criminal courts has created a civil rights nightmare and a clog in the system.