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Cops Say Legalize It
New report from drug-reform cops with the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition says the time is right to legalize -- and regulate -- drugs
"...reads the LEAP report, compiled in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. "The few who have been helped..."

Dec. 2, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

Who's Running for D.A. of Bikini Bottom?
It's not what Montford says, it's where she says it
"...serial killers. Whether these are really the most important criminal justice issues facing Austin or not, it's more obvious..."

March 24, 2008 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Lege Wrap-Up
Criminal justice
"...option as a hammer to suggest that a heinous criminal may one day go free – the logic that..."

June 3, 2005 News Feature

Senate Committee Approves Life-with-Parole Measure
Issue added to special session call this week
"...Members of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee this afternoon considered in a hearing a..."

June 12, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Fewer Jail Inmates Last Year
But more on the way?
" stats released yesterday by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, local jail populations decreased over the last year..."

June 4, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Grim History
Author traces Texas prison system from its roots in plantation slavery
"...last decade visiting and researching the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and he says that on the whole, the..."

Aug. 20, 2010 News Feature by Michael King

A New Jail for Travis County?
County moves forward with new women's building despite vote to delay and community outcry
"...Civil Liberties Union. "None of the solutions to the criminal justice system live inside the criminal justice system. It's..."

Sept. 7, 2018 News Feature by Lindsay Stafford Mader

Perry the Executioner
Texas leads the country in executions, and Rick Perry holds the record tally
"...any concerns either about flaws within the machinery of justice or that tinkering with life and death might be..."

Sept. 16, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Your Word Is Your Bond
Travis County moves toward broader pretrial release of the accused, but commercial bondsmen say it will never work
"...municipal judges who act as gatekeepers for the county's criminal justice system. It's a job he loves and takes..."

Oct. 12, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
" Chief of Terrorism and National Security at the Justice Department...."

Nov. 3, 2006 News Feature

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
" Chief of Terrorism and National Security at the Justice Department...."

Oct. 27, 2006 News Feature

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements
Our picks for the Nov. 7 election
" Chief of Terrorism and National Security at the Justice Department...."

Oct. 20, 2006 News Feature

Fairness, Consistency, Safety
Rosemary Lehmberg defends her record
"...kind of their business. The prosecution of these cases, criminally, is mine. And their investigators are very gung-ho to..."

Jan. 20, 2012 News Feature

Sex Offenders Exposed
Are sex offender laws causing more harm than good?
"...Henry and like Molnar's son, whose conduct, while considered criminal because the girls involved were younger than the legal..."

Sept. 10, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Crackpot Crackdown
Joining a long East Texas tradition, Jackson County DA Bobby Bell has convicted 28 black people on drug charges via manufactured evidence and railroaded trials. One small-town exile, her family, and a few neighbors are finally fighting back.
"...matter, had any black juror. The state Court of Criminal Appeals had rejected Hernandez's argument – ruling that Hispanics..."

Oct. 21, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Beaten by Wackenhut
A former Travis County inmate alleges that Wackenhut Corporation bears responsibility for his prison beating.
" a 250-day stint in the Travis County Community Justice Center on FM 969 in far East Austin. The..."

July 5, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The People's Court
Justice of the Peace Races Not So Peaceful
" figure out which of the three races for Justice of the Peace will be the least peaceful. The..."

Feb. 20, 1998 News Feature by Lee Simmons

Changing Directions
Community-based programs aim to redirect the 'school-to-prison pipeline'
"...with suspensions, expulsions, placement in alternative classrooms, and eventually criminalization of student misbehavior. Once caught in those disciplinary currents,..."

June 6, 2014 News Feature by Dagny Zenovia

Reefer Madness: Drug Court: No Silver Bullet
If drug court isn't the answer, what is?
"...overwhelming response is to process drug users through the criminal justice system, where they may or may not actually..."

April 29, 2011 News Column by Jordan Smith

A Parliament of Experts
Did 'expert testimony' convict an innocent woman of murder?
"...does the use of expert witnesses have on our criminal justice system?..."

Feb. 4, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

APD Poised for Comprehensive Rape Case Audit
Council members call for "start to finish" review in wake of controversy
"...discussion at next week's meeting.) Grassroots advocate group Survivor Justice Project has applauded Alter and co-sponsors Greg Casar, Delia..."

Jan. 25, 2019 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

On the Lege
Austin Rep. Elliott Naishtat is leading charges to protect both seniors and children this session
" on establishing a comprehensive statewide task force on criminal-justice and mental-health issues. Texas' plan, submitted by Court of..."

Feb. 23, 2007 News Column by Amy Smith

District Eternity
As Ronnie Earle steps down, he looks back on his life's work
"...local influence on law enforcement and the pursuit of justice will not soon disappear...."

April 11, 2008 News Feature by Michael King

Capitol Chronicle
In Texas Courtrooms, a Fair Legal Defense is Often an Empty Promise
"...on Sharon Keller, presiding judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals, who testified before the committee last week on..."

Feb. 9, 2001 News Column by Michael King

Rerun at the D.A. Corral
Republican Shane Phelps challenges Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle for a second time, and seems to be trailing.
"...involving neighborhoods, the police, and the D.A.'s office. Community justice, Earle believes, is the wave of the future...."

Oct. 6, 2000 News Feature by Amy Smith

Crossing That Bridge
Council approves a separate bike and pedestrian bridge over Town Lake near the existing Lamar Street Bridge, and hears neighborhood concerns about moving central booking to the new criminal justice center downtown.
"...speeding car -- or from the new pedestrian bridge itself.Justice Center Justifications Will the sustained outcry of downtown residents..."

April 21, 2000 News Column by Jenny Staff Johnson

Top 10 Local Stories
The year in Austin: from the APD to urban rail
"...After 21 years, a vile chapter in Travis County criminal justice was partly closed, as Fran and Dan Keller..."

Jan. 3, 2014 News Feature by Michael King

A 3-D Race for the Bench
Three Dems vying for high-profile felony court
" robe behind the bench of Travis County's 167th criminal district court, Judge Mike Lynch announced last year that..."

Feb. 24, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: Heat and Light
Baird vs. Lehmberg off to a blazing start
"...among local Democrats. But as a former Court of Criminal Appeals judge who has always been a formidable campaigner..."

Oct. 28, 2011 News Column by Michael King

Chronicle Endorsements
"...voice to the working class, advocates equality and social justice, opposes corporate influence in governance, and sure as hell..."

Feb. 12, 2016 News Feature

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