- The Texas Senate zeroed out the budget for the Forensic Science Commission, despite that agency having been charged with licensing all forensic technicians by 2019. Surely that cannot stand. The House budget continued to fund the agency with small cuts.
- The Houston Chronicle makes the case for raising the age of criminal responsibility in Texas from 17 to 18.
- TDCJ bans more than 15,000 books in Texas prisons; in Utah, they ban only two.
- A TDCJ prison guard is facing retaliatory prosecution after he released video of fellow officers improperly using tear gas in a fashion which injured an inmate.
- Whoops. Frio County hired a fake cop to run its jail.
- Jerry Hartfield's conviction was overturned. Then he waited inside TDCJ 32 years while nothing happened.
- Here's a useful Texas Appleseed handout promoting bail reform.
- See a roundup of state decarceration initiatives from 2016.
- Proud of my friend Vanita Gupta as she leaves the DOJ Civil Rights division. We've all come a long damn way since the Tulia drug stings.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Forensic Science Commission deserves funding, and other stories
A few odds and ends which merit Grits readers' attention:
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 6:13 PM