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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.

Survey shows GOP base is tough on crime, but also smart on crime

May 4, 2018

Conservative voters are seeing the value in rehabilitation for offenders jailed on non-violent drug charges.

Read the rest of this article at Caller Times.

Survey: Strong Republican support for more job training at Texas prisons

May 2, 2018

A new survey by the bipartisan Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition shows a majority of Republican primary voters support criminal justice reforms in the state.

Read the rest of this article at KXAN.

Texas officials defend educational opportunities for incarcerated women

May 1, 2018

Education leaders in Texas' criminal justice system are pushing back on a recent report claiming incarcerated men have more opportunities for self-improvement than incarcerated women.

Read the rest of this article at Spectrum News.

What it looks like to be a woman jailed in Texas – where more are locked up than any other state

May 1, 2018

Texas now incarcerates more women by sheer number than any other state in the country, according to a new report.

Read the rest of this article at Dallas News.

Survey: Many Texas GOP Voters Favor 'Smart' Changes To State's Criminal Justice System

May 1, 2018

Findings by the Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition suggest that Texas Republican Party primary voters are in favor of reforming some of the state's law enforcement policies. 

Read the rest of this article at Texas Public Radio.

Women in Prison Take Home Economics, While Men Take Carpentry

April 30, 2018

Decades after a government report on deep inequity in the vocational offerings of the nation's criminal-justice system, little has changed.

Read the rest of this article at The Atlantic.

Texas Women Prisoners Can Learn How to Type and Cook. Men Can Get a Master’s.

April 26, 2018

The Lone Star State’s prison education system is incredibly sexist.

Read the rest of this article at Mother Jones.

Report: Women incarcerated in Texas have fewer academic, job opportunities than men

April 26, 2018

Women in Texas prisons are not getting the same educational and job training opportunities as incarcerated men. That's according to a new report from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.

Read the rest of this article at Spectrum News.

In Texas, The Number Of Women Inmates Is Growing – But Support Services Aren’t

April 25, 2018

Men comprise 91 percent of the Texas prison population, but as the number of male inmates has dropped, the female population continues to increase.

Read the rest of this article at Texas Standard.

Women in Texas Prisons Denied Same Academic, Job Training Opportunities as Incarcerated Men

April 24, 2018

"Black holes of inattention" lead to stark gender disparities in the Texas prison system, according to a new report.

Read the rest of this article at Texas Observer.

Treat Women Prisoners with Dignity, Texas Report Says

April 24, 2018

Incarcerated women should be treated in a way that acknowledges both their special needs and their dignity, whether by barring shackles when they are pregnant, or by providing them more opportunity to connect with their families and children, says the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC).

Read the rest of this post at The Crime Report.

Women Incarcerated In Texas Have Fewer Opportunities Than Men, Report Finds

April 24, 2018

Incarcerated women in Texas have access to fewer educational and vocational programs compared to incarcerated men, a new study finds.

Read the rest of this article at KUT.

New Report Highlights Issues Facing Women in Texas' Criminal Justice System

April 24, 2018

Today, TCJC released part two of a two-part report series on women in Texas prisons and jails. An Unsupported Population: The Treatment of Women in Texas’ Criminal Justice System explores the unique issues facing women impacted by the criminal justice system and makes recommendations for programs and policies that treat women with dignity and increase the likelihood that they can successfully rejoin their families and communities.

Read the rest of this press release here.

Fort Bend ISD finds historic cemetery near construction site

April 16, 2018

The 31 marked graves inside Old Imperial Farm Cemetery are rusted and crumbling, markers of a time that Reginald Moore believes Sugar Land hopes to forget.

Read the rest of this article at the Houston Chronicle.

Black Lives Matter, other groups seek removal of Harris County judge over Houston Chronicle comments

March 22, 2018

HOUSTON – Blacks Lives Matter: Houston and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas, along with six other organizations, have called for the suspension and removal of the 209th District Criminal Court Judge Michael McSpadden for comments made in a Feb. 23 Houston Chronicle report the groups claim show racial bias.

Read the rest of this article at SE Texas Record.

Police contract negotiations could continue six months, says consultant

March 15, 2018

A new police contract between the city of Austin and the Austin Police Association could take five to six months of negotiating, said Ron DeLord, an attorney and police union contract consultant involved in the negotiations, at a panel discussion Wednesday hosted by Leadership Austin, a nonprofit that trains and connects local leaders.

Read the rest of this article from Community Impact.

Texas Prison System Sheds Men, Swallows Even More Women

March 15, 2018

Report says rise in incarcerated women hints at disparities in the male-dominated criminal justice system.

Read the rest of this article at Texas Observer

Study: Texas Needs Alternatives to Sending Women to Prison

March 12, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas – Prison reform advocates say too many of the 12,000 women in Texas prisons don't need to be behind bars.

Read the rest of this article at Public News Service.

Women ‘Disregarded’ in Justice Reform, Says Texas Group

March 9, 2018

Women have been left out of the national focus on justice reform, even as the number of incarcerated females has increased, according to a Texas advocacy group.

Read the rest of this post at The Crime Report.