The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) identifies and advances real solutions to the problems facing Texas’ juvenile and criminal justice systems. They conduct policy research and analysis, form effective partnerships, and educate key stakeholders to promote effective management, accountability, and best practices that increases public safety, save taxpayers’ dollars, and preserves human and civil rights.
Primary Contact Name: Leah Pinney
Phone: 512-441-8123 x109
Primary Contact Name: Deborah Fowler
Phone: (512) 473-2800
Bill Number: 1209 – WIN!
Type of Reform
Detention Reform - Allows Texas juvenile boards the option of adopting policy that specifies whether a child under 17 transferred from a juvenile court to a district or criminal court for criminal prosecution can be detained in a juvenile facility pending trial
Bill Number: SB 1630 – WIN!
Type of Reform
Expands scope of juvenile probation as an alternative to incarceration of low- and medium-risk youth.
Bill Number: SB 888 – WIN!
Type of Reform
Juvenile can appeal a juvenile court's waiver decision before trial occurs–previously only offered after trial
RAISE THE AGE: 17-Year-Olds in the Criminal Justice System
This data analysis examines the arrests (including arrests by Houston-area school district police officers), jail bookings,4 and case outcomes for 17-year-olds in Texas over the last four years for which complete data were available (2012-2015). Unless otherwise noted, data were obtained from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), the Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS), and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD).
Texas Children and the 2015 Legislative Session: What the Texas Legislature Accomplished for Children and Where it Fell Short
This document evaluates what the Texas Legislature accomplished for children and where it fell short.
Unfinished Business: Deepening the Gain in Texas Juvenile Justice Reform
This document (2015) analyzes the loopholes in Texas juvenile justice system and pushes for a further and deeper reform of this unachieved endeavor.
Preparing to Raise the Age: A Stakeholder Convening to Help Texas Get it Right
This report (2015) analyzes the implications, benefits, ins and outs of raising the age for Texas.
Addressing the School-to-Prison Pipeline
This 2011 short report makes recommendations on what Texas can do to bring more common sense to school discipline and reduce the number of kids unnecessarily being introduced to the criminal justice system for routine misbehavior.
Juvenile Justice in Texas: Where we have been, where we are headed
This 2012 document provides an overview of the legislative reforms of Texas juvenile justice in the past years, and offers perspective for the future of the system.
The State of Juvenile Justice in Texas: A Roadmap to Improved outcomes in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Adult Certification and Mental Health
The State of Juvenile Justice in Texas: A Roadmap to Improved outcomes in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Adult Certification and Mental Health (2013) by Michele Deitch and the non-partisan research and advocacy organization Children At Risk reviews the legal issues Texas performs against youths. It also provides future legislative changes and policy recommendations as to how the juvenile justice system in Texas could be improved.
Juveniles in the Adult Criminal Justice System in Texas
The report Juveniles in the Adult Criminal Justice System in Texas (2011) observes the differences between youth who are transferred to the adult criminal system and youth who remain in the juvenile justice system. The report discovered there is not a large difference between the backgrounds and criminal offenses of youths who are given adult sentences versus those given juvenile sentences. The only main difference is the country in which they are convicted. These juveniles who are certified are not the worst of the worst criminals Additionally, most youth who are certified were not given the chance to try rehabilitation in a juvenile facility.
Conditions for Certified Juveniles in Texas County Jails
Conditions for Certified Juveniles in Texas County Jails (2012) by Michele Deitch aims to elaborate on the juveniles who are accused of committing crimes in Texas and are transferred to the adult criminal justice system for trial which may also be referred to as certification. This report aims to elaborate on the conditions for certified juveniles in county jails through a survey depicting specific issues that arise from this transportation.