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Formerly incarcerated Texans share stories at 'From Prison to Power' event

Maggie smiles in a video interview, FOX 7 logo and chyron reading Maggie Luna, Texas Center for Justice and Equity's Peer Policy Fellow

The event follows a series of community gatherings that have taken place in Texas cities, the most recent being in Dallas. Key organizer for the event and Texas Center for Justice and Equity's Peer Policy Fellow Maggie Luna has all the details.

Watch the interview from FOX 7 Austin.

Reports of Youth Crime Wave Debunked by Latest Research

A teen sits in a cell looking down

New research by The Sentencing Project shows a drop in youth crime over the past 20 years, which debunks a so-called "false narrative" of a youth violence movement sweeping the country. Sarah Reyes, policy analyst at the Texas Center for Justice and Equity, said there is little data since the pandemic started, but she suspects the drop in crime, at least in Texas, was an anomaly because kids were isolated due to COVID-19.

This neighborhood attorney has a heart for kids caught up in the criminal justice system

This neighborhood attorney has a heart for kids caught up in the criminal justice system

“They did the crime,” it has been said, “they do the time.” In this case, “they” are incarcerated or previously incarcerated women, specifically mothers either expecting a baby or with one or more children. And while the mothers have colored outside the lines enough to warrant imprisonment, their children have not.

Read the rest of this article from Lakewood Advocate Mag.

New Report Explores Intersections of Incarceration and Motherhood

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A report released today by the Texas Center for Justice and Equity (TCJE) highlights the experiences of mothers in Texas prisons and jails. “Motherhood and Pregnancy Behind Bars: Texas Must Rethink How It’s Treating Mothers and Families” urges leaders to protect the lives and dignity of currently incarcerated women while taking real, viable steps to keep people out of the criminal legal system altogether.

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