Thursday, November 08, 2012

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition diligently preparing for session

I see our friends at the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition have been busy. Check out their latest blast email, highlights of which include a list of all the members, including just-elected rookies, of the 83rd Texas Legislature: "Click here to see who will be representing you during Texas' upcoming legislative session, and click here to find which district you live in."

TCJC provides information about an indigent defense workshop next week at the capitol which will include a lot of familiar faces preparing for the session:
On Tuesday, November 13, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission is holding a FREE workshop on the 83rd State Legislature (2013) and recent developments in defense.  Speakers will include TCJC’s own Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, as well as Judge Sharon Keller, Jim Bethke, Vikrant Reddy, Andrea Marsh, and Jim Allison.
DATE: November 13, 2012
TIME: 10AM – 12PM
LOCATION: Texas Capitol Building, Extension Auditorium
Click here to download an agenda for the workshop, which includes information about registering for the event.
TCJC's email provided new resources and flyers related to issues covered at the recent Senate Criminal Justice/Education Committee meeting on school discipline. And they linked to the group's written testimony on prescription drugs produced for the hearing covered here by Grits.

TCJC recently issued survey results in which they questioned both parolees and parole officers about the process, about which Grits may have more to say later. The group also "created a flyer on the inmate transfer process, outlining particular types of transfers and eligibility requirements for each." And they refer us to a new page on their mercifully redesigned website titled  Tools for System-Involved Adults which will be a welcome boon to its target audience. Good stuff, all around.


Anonymous said...

"Click here to see who will be representing you during Texas' upcoming legislative session, and click here to find which district you live in."

That's damn funny right there. I hope these idiots didn't vote.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

So you already knew who all the new state reps were, 10:00? Very impressive political knowledge for an anonymous troll.

Anonymous said...

You don't like anonymous posters, change it then. Until then, kiss my grits

Having to tell some dumb ass voter what district they live in or who represents them. All the more reason they shouldn't be able to vote if they don't know.

Anonymous said...

Anon to Anon, some of us appreciate the work and effort Grits does here for free.

Since you obviously don't have a grasp of the whole blogging concept, allow me to enlighten you. The posting – that means the article or piece above, included the links as always, for a reason. To avoid being vague and assuming while addressing future questions regarding the people and locations posed by information , link junkies and us that might want to know more.

The choice to choose Anonymous is there for a reason, the choice to use it to chastise the blogger over the use of links placed in a post is equal to walking up to a group of adults and interrupting to point out the way one of them or all of them are stupid. The passive ones will let you make it as for some will stare while trying to figure out whether to knock your ass out or not. You’ve come to a blog conversation in Texas, spouted shit and moved on.
When you come back and attempt to take this further, your I.P. address should be flagged as not permitted to participate. Visit as much as you want partner, but leave the BFingSht at the door.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

There are 49 rookie House members, 12:26, and only a fool would look down their nose at somebody for not yet knowing them all. I'm thankful TCJC compiled the list. It is useful to me.

FWIW, I'd guess most people who just voted in the general election don't know the name of their state rep (though perhaps most Grits readers likely do). Most statehouse seats are unopposed/gerrymandered and when they're not, almost everybody just votes based on R and D. It's even worse on, say, the Court of Criminal Appeals. I doubt one voter in 100 could name all nine judges. Most lawyers can't do it off the top of their heads.

Anonymous said...

Good job Grits!!! I cannot post my name for a reason. The first order of business should be to fix the rotten parole board. I respect what you are doing and I appreciate your willingness to allow some of us the freedom of speech, just to vent sometimes.

Anonymous said...

What I want to know is why is the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition so quick to throw juvenile sex offenders under the bus. Is it their policy to pick and choose which youth merits redemtion?

Anonymous said...

I have an opinion on that, Anon 07:21, I believe all sex offenders, juveniles included, make an easy target. Many people don't realize that you can be a sex offender for doing things most of us have done but didn't know it was a "registerable offense" and didn't get caught. Most people believe the hype that is spread thick that all sex offenders attack babies and rape women. Not true. But it's handy to have a "sex offender" to hate. Till it's someone you know/love/raised.