2nd Annual Indigent Defense Summit
TCJC is thrilled to announce our third policy guide, Cost-Saving Strategies for Texas' Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems.
This year, we have created four independent booklets that address each of TCJC's major areas of policy interest. Click on the links below to download each part of our guide:
Each of these parts offers comprehensive, cost-efficient strategies that the state and counties can employ to address Texas' immediate financial deficit, as well as preserve public safety throughout our communities in the future.
- Part 1: Responsibly Reduce Incarcerated Populations to Increase Public Safety and Taxpayer Savings
- Part 2: Provide Tools for Returning Individuals to Live Responsibly and Remain Law-Abiding
- Part 3: Strengthen Indigent Defense Systems and Improve Court and Conviction Practices
- Part 4: Protect Youth and Communities by Implementing Responsible Juvenile Justice Strategies Throughout Texas
Improving Quality and Accountability During a Fiscal Crisis
Join us on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the Texas Capitol for the 2nd Annual Indigent Defense Summit! Scheduled panels include indigent defense priorities for the 82nd Legislative Session, advancements in Texas' private and public defender offices, smart strategies to reduce costs and increase safety, the role of indigent defense in addressing racial disparities, and the consequences of inadequate indigent defense funding. For more information, view the full agenda here.
This year's event is sponsored by Senator Rodney Ellis, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the American Bar Association, and the Texas Task Force on Indigent Defense.
Click here to register to attend! There is no registration fee and the event includes 6 hours (0 ethics) of CLE.
TCJC has also updated our Public Policy Center for the 82nd Legislative Session.
If you were not able to attend the following committee hearings, you will find the testimony TCJC provided on budget and innocence issues:
House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Hearings:
February 15, 2011: Budget Articles I, VI, & V regarding the Task Force on Indigent Defense and the Office of Court Administration. To read TCJC's testimony, click here!
February 16, 2011: Budget Articles I, VI, & V regarding the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. Click here!
February 17, 2011: Budget Articles I, VI, & V regarding the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, and the Texas Youth Commission. Click here!
Senate Finance Committee Hearings:
February 22, 2011: Budget Article IV regarding the Task Force on Indigent Defense and the Office of Court Administration. Read TCJC's testimony, click here!
House Criminal Jurisprudence Hearing:
February 22, 2011: Regarding the following bills authored by Rep. Pete Gallego:
In coming weeks, we will continue to update the Public Policy Center with bill analyses, House and Senate Committee reports, and related policy documents.
- HB 215 - Relating to photograph and live lineup identification procedures in criminal cases. To read TCJC's testimony, click here!
- HB 219 - Relating to the electronic recording and admissibility of certain custodial interrogations. Click here!
- HB 220 - Relating to procedures for applications for writs of habeas corpus based on relevant scientific evidence. Click here!
You will also find our fact sheet on re-thinking criminal enhancements.
Click here to visit our Public Policy Center!