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.


 

Tear gas, pepper spray use up in Texas prisons, including on suicidal inmates

February 12, 2018

As violence behind bars continues to rise, Texas prisons over the past 10 years have seen a 71 percent increase in the use of chemical agents on inmates, often those attempting suicide or self-harm.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Community-Built, Community-Driven Oversight?

February 9, 2018

When the city's police union meet-and-confer agreement expired in December, with it expired language that both provided for the Citizen Review Panel and barred the city from experimenting with any parallel mechanism of community oversight.

Read the rest of this article at the Austin Chronicle.

The False Promise of Bail Reform in Dallas County: Debate Continues While People Languish in Jail

February 8, 2018

For five days, 47-year-old Shannon Daves sat in solitary confinement in a Dallas County jail because she couldn’t afford to pay $500 bail.

Read the rest of the article at Medium's In Justice Today.

Texas may shutter some juvenile prisons in push to shift youth closer to home

February 7, 2018

If everything goes as planned, Texas could shutter some of its state-run juvenile prisons over the next five years, according to the newly installed director of the troubled Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

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

Police reform activists call for city-funded nonprofit for police complaints

February 6, 2018

Representatives of Austin’s police union said Monday that they’re eager to begin negotiations with the new city manager on a contract that can hopefully win approval from City Council.

Read the rest of this article at the Austin Monitor.

Suicide attempts have more than doubled in Texas prisons

February 5, 2018

The attempted suicide rate recorded inside the Texas prison system has doubled in four years, a trend that some experts call "concerning" and others see as a positive sign the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is getting more serious about tracking mental health issues.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

TJC hosts public hearing of Texas House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety

February 3, 2018

Tyler Junior College hosted a public hearing of the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety February 1, in the board room on the TJC main campus. 

Read the rest of this article at The Gilmer Mirror.

Gov. Greg Abbott Taps Former Ranger To Head The State’s Juvenile Justice Department

February 2, 2018

There’s a shakeup going on at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department after a Dallas Morning News investigation revealed widespread allegations of different types of abuse.

Read the rest of this article – and listen to a radio interview with TCJC’s Lindsey Linder – at KUT 90.5.

“They’re just setting those babies up for the penitentiary”: How minor offenses feed overcrowding at Houston youth jail

February 2, 2018

Across Texas, kids are getting into less trouble with the law even though the state population is exploding. So why is Harris County's juvenile detention center bursting at the seams? 

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

In Harris County, the ‘Slow Erosion’ of a System That Keeps People in Jail Because They’re Poor

February 1, 2018

The case to end cash bail puts Harris County judges and magistrates under a microscope.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Observer.

4 current and former juvenile prison employees arrested following Texas Rangers investigation

February 1, 2018

It's been a rough month for the state's scandal-plagued juvenile lock-ups.  The string of shake-ups at the top. The flurry of concern over moving kids to adult prison. The cloud of concern from the sex abuse scandal.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Koch network targets Texas in push for prison reform in Trump era

February 1, 2018

The network backed by the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch is investing millions to research how to help former prisoners successfully re-enter society in Texas and three other states.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Cash bail system promotes profit, not justice

February 1, 2018

Bail is not intended to be a punishment; its intended purpose is to make sure that people show up for their court date. But in communities across Texas, people who are still presumed innocent are being held in jail because they can't afford to post bail.

Read the rest of this op-ed, co-authored by TCJC's Jay Jenkins, at the Houston Chronicle.

Governor appoints former Texas Ranger as new juvenile justice watchdog amid agency shake-up

January 31, 2018

A former Texas Ranger is set to take over as independent watchdog for Texas juvenile prisons, a shift the governor announced Wednesday amid an agency shake-up on the heels of a sex abuse scandal.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Texas Juvenile Justice Department's watchdog is latest to go in Abbott shakeup

January 30, 2018

Gov. Greg Abbott is set to make his latest move in shaking up leadership at the scandal-plagued Texas Juvenile Justice Department, multiple reform advocates said Tuesday.

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

Gov. Abbott replacing ombudsman, board chair at troubled Texas Juvenile Justice Department

January 30, 2018

Gov. Greg Abbott is in the process of replacing two top officials at the scandal-plagued juvenile justice agency that is still adjusting to a new executive director who took the helm last month.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Travis County Plans New Women's Jail

January 26, 2018

One evening last September, an employee at the local organization Grassroots Lead­er­ship was scanning through Travis Coun­ty's proposed budget when she stumbled upon plans for a new $91 million women's jail on the county's Del Valle correctional campus.

Read the rest of this article at the Austin Chronicle.

In crisis, Texas Juvenile Justice Department looks to an unconventional new leader

January 26, 2018

With no experience working directly with incarcerated kids, Camille Cain is an unconventional choice to be the new director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. But experts hope she'll be well-suited to handle problems like staffing shortages and a sexual abuse scandal. 

Read the rest of this article at The Texas Tribune.

In bid to boost safety, juvenile justice agency reviewing violent youth for possible transfer

January 22, 2018

Staff at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department have been asked to review a few dozen problem inmates for possible transfer to adult prisons, a move that has sparked concern among activists and advocates.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

5 lessons for teaching law and technology

January 22, 2018

Over the fall semester, we ran an experiment at the Georgetown University Law Center.  Through a course we co-created and taught, we used technology to help students critically think through criminal justice policy and law.

Read the rest of this article at ABA Journal.

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