• January 24, 2021

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Study: Texas Needs Alternatives to Sending Women to Prison

AUSTIN – Prison reform advocates say too many of the 12,000 women in Texas prisons don’t need to be behind bars. A study by the nonpartisan Texas Criminal Justice Coalition finds that more than two-thirds of the state’s female inmates were convicted of nonviolent offenses and recommends that lawmakers develop alternative policies that emphasize more pretrial diversion […]Read More

Report: Texas, Other States Should Close Youth Prisons

AUSTIN, Texas – Children should not be kept behind bars, according to a new report that examines the ineffectiveness of youth prisons in Texas and other states. The research from The Annie E. Casey Foundation pulls together evidence of the failings of youth correctional facilities and recommends they all be closed. Foundation president and CEO […]Read More

Texas Kids Often ‘Share Sentence’ with Incarcerated Parent

AUSTIN, Texas – More than 5 million children in the United States, including almost a half-million in Texas, have experienced separation from a parent who is incarcerated. A new Annie E. Casey Foundation report makes a number of recommendations to state and local policymakers to help these children, who often struggle with emotional and financial […]Read More

Study Shows Record Number of Exonerations in 2015

HOUSTON – Across the nation, 149 people in prison were released last year because their convictions were overturned. That’s a record number of exonerations. A report by The National Registry of Exonerations showed that those people served an average of 14.5 years. Texas led the country with 54 cases, mostly in Houston’s Harris County, while […]Read More

Report shows Texas isolation policies dangerous for children

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is one of only 10 states that allows juvenile justice centers to use solitary confinement indefinitely to punish children, according to a new report. The survey by the national law firm Lowenstein Sandler found 21 states now prohibit punitive isolation and 20 others impose time-limits. Patrick Bresette, executive director with the […]Read More