Report Series

Women's Justice

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition is excited to launch our report series on women in Texas’ criminal justice system. These reports highlight the growing number of women who are incarcerated, examines their circumstances, and provides recommendations to better support women and reverse the trend of incarceration.

Women's Justice

Data on Women in Texas' Justice System

Findings from Survey of Incarcerated Women

Recommendations and Solutions

A Growing Population: The Surge of Women into Texas’ Criminal Justice System

Recommendations to stem and reverse the flow of women into the Texas Criminal Justice System:

  1. Invest in Community-Level Supports that Account for Extensive Trauma Histories
  2. Utilize Pretrial Diversion to Hold Women Accountable While Preventing Them from Escalating Deeper into the Justice System
  3. Provide Specialized Treatment Options for Women on Probation
  4. Reform the Bail System to Stop Punishing Poverty
  5. More Effectively Address the Needs of Women with Drug Offenses

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An Unsupported Population: The Treatment of Women in Texas’ Criminal Justice System

Recommendations to treat women with dignity, strengthen family unity, and prepare women for a successful reentry to the community:

  1. Invest in Programs and Tools that Help Address Women’s Unique Needs:
  2. Improve Conditions of Confinement for Women to Ensure They are Treated with Dignity
  3. Remove Barriers to Family Unity
  4. Better Prepare Women for Release from Incarceration

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