- Honest fiscal notes regarding the true cost of legislation increasing criminal penalties at the Texas Legislature. Relatedly, perhaps Santa could ensure that the budget shortfall will force Texas to reconsider its mass-incarceration policies of the last two decades.
- That the 82nd Texas Legislature will eliminate the Driver Responsibility Surcharge.
- Some way to hold prosecutors accountable for overt misconduct as in the Anthony Graves case.
- More local anti-red light camera initiatives.
- That the Lege will avoid cuts to mental health services that will fill up jails and prisons.
- More permission graffiti spots on government property in underutilized public spaces.
- Restoration of the law enforcement exception in the Public Information Act (Sec. 552.108 of the Government Code) back to the historic AG's interpretation prior to the 1996 SCOTX case Holmes v. Morales. That was a tremendous blow to transparency about which few people are even aware.
- That the powers that be will reconsider and eliminate onerous and pointless security theater at the entrances to the Texas capitol.
- A statewide mechanism to vet past convictions of potentially innocent people based on flawed forensics like dog-scent lineups and old arson cases.
- New grants from the feds or private foundations for primary research to validate and improve forensic sciences.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Things I'd like for Christmas that may not fit in Santa's sack
As we approach the 82nd Texas Legislature, here's a list of ten criminal justice policy reforms I'd like for Christmas that may not fit in Santa's sack:
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 2:49 PM