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.
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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.
Commissioners Court on Tuesday will discuss the fate of Harris County’s chief public defender amid allegations that he improperly used his office to help plaintiffs in a bail reform lawsuit against the county.
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.
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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.
Conservative voters are seeing the value in rehabilitation for offenders jailed on non-violent drug charges.
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.
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.
Texas now incarcerates more women by sheer number than any other state in the country, according to a new report.
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.
Decades after a government report on deep inequity in the vocational offerings of the nation's criminal-justice system, little has changed.
The Lone Star State’s prison education system is incredibly sexist.
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.