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Criminal Justice Reform Bills Pass
Bills passed last week head to Guv
"...Two criminal justice reform measures recommended last year by the Tim Cole Advisory..."

May 26, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Landmark Prison Oversight Case Ends
"...v. Johnson, which has changed the face of Texas' prison system through mandated federal judicial oversight. Lawyers who have..."

June 21, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Reform at the Local Level
"...measures that would keep people out of jail or prison for drug-related offenses in “Texas Lege Stands Still on..."

July 17, 2019 Postmarks

Reefer Madness: Federal Sentencing Law Up for (Watered-Down) Reform
Senate committee passes compromise bill on sentencing disparity
"...of just 5 grams of crack yields a five-year prison sentence, while it would take 500 grams of powder..."

March 19, 2010 News Column by Jordan Smith

Prison Girls
"...Jason Williams. This movie, helmed by the director of Reform School Girls, promises to be the most controversial movie..."

April 12, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Criminal Justice Reform
Slow Train A-Comin'
"...January, 38 innocent men had been released from Texas prisons after spending altogether roughly 500 years behind bars –..."

May 8, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

TYC Shows Little Evidence of 'Reform' at State Schools
Five months after the Texas Youth Commission reform bill was crafted to protect youth inmates, TYC is massively understaffed, with a third of all posts empty
"...good. But with unpaid hours, hazardous working conditions, and reforms he calls cosmetic, he said he is one of..."

Nov. 23, 2007 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

A Closer Look at the Resolutions To Address Structural Police Reform
"...set to start down the path toward structural police reform with passage of the following four resolutions: Item 50:..."

June 12, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Grim History
Author traces Texas prison system from its roots in plantation slavery
"...Robert Perkinson published Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire (Henry Holt and Company, 496 pp., $35), in..."

Aug. 20, 2010 News Feature by Michael King

Private Prisons Seek Broader Markets
Latest corporate wrinkle: "Treatment Industrial Complex"
"...A new report finds that prison corporations, stymied by prison reform, are seeking new markets..."

Nov. 24, 2014 News Post by Michael King

Opinion: Because of COVID-19, It’s Less Safe Behind Bars. Here’s How Federal Prisoners Can Petition to Get Their Sentences Reduced.
Criminal defense attorney Chris Perri explains avenues for early prison release in Texas
"...especially terrifying for those with loved ones in the prison system, as we know those incarcerated are more at..."

April 24, 2020 Column by Chris Perri

Unchained Melody
"I guess I started with this high idea -- 'Yeah, social criticism!'" says Austinite Alexander Parsons about his first novel Leaving Disneyland. "And then I realized more and more that the story was about a guy and that I should stick with that."
"...in the American Southwest and ranting about the American prison system in general. He's within whispering distance of the..."

Oct. 12, 2001 Books Feature by Shawn Badgley

From Prisoner to Reformer
A Q&A with 'Orange Is the New Black' author Piper Kerman
"...on At-Risk Youth. Since the publication of her bestselling prison memoir, which led to the popular Netflix series, Kerman..."

May 9, 2014 News Post by Amy Smith

Point Austin: Incarceration Nation
The U.S. prison system has exploded beyond all reason
"...a presentation on "race, mass incarceration, and the private prison industry" at Huston-Tillotson Uni­ver­sity. The two organizations somewhat overlap;..."

March 28, 2014 News Column by Michael King

Naked City
"...The 30-year-long Texas prison reform lawsuit known as Ruiz v. Estelle appears ready..."

June 14, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Prisoners' Rights Crusader Ruiz Dies
David Ruiz, the Texas prison inmate whose name became synonymous with state prison reform, died Nov. 12 at the TDCJ hospital in Galveston.
"...David Ruiz, the Texas prison inmate whose name became synonymous with state prison reform,..."

Nov. 25, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Bill would save state $6 million per year, author says
"...On May 23, a bipartisan measure that would reform the state's probation system, save the state millions, and,..."

May 27, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Piper Kerman to Speak at CARY Benefit
Memoirist will relay 'the real story' of her year in a women's federal penitentiary
"...be better known for the commercial success of her prison memoir, Orange Is the New Black, than for her..."

April 25, 2014 News Feature by Amy Smith

Double Jeopardy
The state of Texas jailed Cuban exile Carlos Lavernia for 16 years for a crime he did not commit. Now the INS might send him back to Cuba.
"...found himself on the judicial fast track to a prison cell in Texas. He was branded a serial rapist,..."

Feb. 23, 2001 News Feature by Amy Smith

Changing Directions
Community-based programs aim to redirect the 'school-to-prison pipeline'
"...danger of entering what has often been called "the school-to-prison pipeline" – an institutional vortex that can gather in..."

June 6, 2014 News Feature by Dagny Zenovia

The Documentary Craft
Hector Galán: The Texas Documentary Tour
"...inside the walls of the Santa Fe Maximum Security Prison...."

Oct. 3, 1997 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Rep. John Bucy III on the 86th Texas Legislature
“We’ve got to do everything we can to keep attention on Medicaid expansion”
"...that we’re going to make progress on education finance reform. Not just because we picked up Democratic seats, but..."

Jan. 4, 2019 News Feature by Michael King

Weed Watch
Instead of all students – current and future – convicted of any drug-related crime at any point in their lives losing federal financial aid, now, only students currently in school will lose their money if convicted on a drug charge
"...On Feb. 1, drug law reformers scored a minor victory when Congress accepted a slight..."

Feb. 10, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Wayne Kramer Still Kicks Out the Jams
MC5 founder talks politics, prison, and the art of double guitar solos
"...and High Time. For Kramer, also an author and prison reform advocate, it’s time once again for revolution...."

Sept. 24, 2018 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

TPPF, Jim DeMint, Milton Friedman, and Me
Lunch and school choice with unholy free market triumvirate
"...his bets on Senate Bill 2, his omnibus school reform bill. The key concession is that he is no..."

March 31, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

News Roundup: John Legend, the FBI, and Paul Pryor
Legend calls for criminal justice reform; Pryor passes away
"...to the capitol to speak about his efforts with prison reform and meet with Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, and..."

April 20, 2015 News Post by the News Staff

Reefer Madness: Treatment Works
Bill would divert low-level drug offenders from prison and save a bundle of money
"...Keeping people in prison is expensive. It costs the state of Texas more..."

March 6, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

The AggreGAYtor: July 23
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
"...Connecticut’s Jane Doe has started a discussion on prison reform...."

July 23, 2014 Qmmunity Post by David Estlund

Reefer Roundup 12/23/10
News from the frontline of the drug war
"...Additional reform to crack sentencing laws on the horizon? Could it..."

Dec. 23, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: Lawmakers Ask for Rodney Reed Reprieve
Texas House Criminal Justice Reform Caucus joins celebrities, activists asking to stay the Nov. 20 execution
"...as a Georgetown police officer, for which he served prison time) approached him in 2010 at the Stevenson Unit..."

Nov. 8, 2019 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

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