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.


 

Heat wave sparks concerns in sweltering Texas prisons

July 20, 2018

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.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle. 

Accused Houston murderer’s spree highlights gaps in finding parole violators, law officials say

July 18, 2018

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.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle. 

College Degree Options Are Disappearing for Women in Texas Prisons

July 12, 2018

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. 

Read the rest of this article at the Texas Observer.

Texas’ Current Bail System Endangers Public Safety

July 6, 2018

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.  

Read the rest of this article at TribTalk.

Meet the Harris County Public Defender Who’s Crowdfunding Books For Her Clients

July 5, 2018

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. 

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Video Announces Bipartisan Federal Legislation to Help Incarcerated Mothers and Babies

June 27, 2018

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

Read the rest of this article at Justice Action Network.

Texas This Week: Criminal Justice Reform

June 24, 2018

In Texas This Week, the topic of criminal justice reform took center stage for the Women Unshackled conference at the University of Texas.

Watch the video at KVUE-ABC. 

Jenna Bush Hager Speaks on University of Texas Campus about Prison Reform for Women

June 22, 2018

Participants discuss Texas’ next step in “bipartisan” movement dealing with the over incarceration of women.

Read the rest of this article at Austin Monthly.

Jenna Bush speaks at event on the UT campus called 'Women Unshackled'

June 20, 2018

Crimes that land women in prison was the focus of a criminal justice reform discussion on the U-T campus.

Watch the video at KXAN

Education key to lowering number of incarcerated women, advocates say

June 20, 2018

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.

Read the rest of this article at My Statesman.

Women Unshackled: A Forum on Criminal Justice Reform

June 20, 2018

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.

Read the rest of this article at Austin Monthly.

Warden demoted as Texas prisons announce plan to review policy, ban disciplinary quotas

June 18, 2018

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.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

Imprisoned Women, a Texas Tragedy

May 30, 2018

Texas now leads the United States in female incarceration, but necessary services lag behind.

Read the rest of this article at Fort Worth Weekly.

Woman says she gave birth on jail floor after guards accused her of faking labor

May 23, 2018

Shaye Bear gave birth to her son, Cashh, in an Ellis County Jail cell in Waxahachie on Thursday. She was about five months pregnant.

Read the rest of this article at WLWT News.

Houston Is Forcing Its Parolees Out of City Center and into ‘the Boonies’

May 22, 2018

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.

Read the rest of this article at In Justice Today.

"Women can do this": Female inmates in Texas find fulfillment in learning technical skills, but they have fewer options than men

May 21, 2018

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.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Mother’s Day Behind Bars

May 11, 2018

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.

Read the rest of this post at The Crime Report.

Number of graves continues to grow at Fort Bend ISD work site

May 10, 2018

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.

Read the rest of this article at Houston Chronicle.

A Catch-22 in the Crimmigration System in Harris County

May 8, 2018

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.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Observer.

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