Saturday, January 08, 2005

TIFA Founder Passed Away

Texas Inmate Family Association founder Stuart DeLuca passed away January 5. Stuart was a soft-spoken, highly committed fellow who worked tirelessly to build TIFA, then unselfishly handed over the reins as the group's leadership developed, assuming the role of group treasurer and co-chair of their PAC. He also was board president of Another Way Texas Shares, which facilitates payroll deduction donations for liberal groups. And he was secretary of the Austin unit of the Texas State Association of Parliamentarians.

When Stuart began TIFA, nobody was organizing inmate families in Texas on a significant scale. Today, TIFA has chapers all over the state. He will be missed by everyone in Texas' criminal justice reform movement.

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