Looking for a one-stop source for new ideas on fixing Texas' bloated criminal justice system?
The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition has produced an extensive policy primer covering a wide range of safety issues, suggesting reforms to improve public safety using limited resources while also protecting people's rights. See the full document. (Conflict alert: I office at TCJC, I'm listed among a number of readers for the document and provided limited editing and policy advice.)
The criminal justice reform movement in Texas has gotten a lot of mileage over the last few years by focusing on offering solutions to problems instead of simply lobbing criticisms from the back bench. This primer continues that more productive, less confrontational approach. Most solutions discussed are designed with an eye toward bi-partisan appeal, basing policies on shared values among disparate constituencies rather than dwelling on more divisive approaches.
I thought they did a really good job, and their work should be especially appreciated by legislators and staffers who must confront these issues this spring. Kudos to Ana, Rebecca, Molly, Ken and everyone else at TCJC who worked hard hard on this primer.