Criminal Justice http://tpr.org en Bexar County Inmates Learning To Take Responsibility For Their Circumstances http://tpr.org/post/bexar-county-inmates-learning-take-responsibility-their-circumstances <p>A new philosophy of rehabilitation for inmates has taken shape at the Bexar County Jail. The effort is designed to stop the cycle of escalating levels of criminal activity by inmates after they are released from the local facility.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pamela Taylor, CEO and founder of Dress for Success, teaches a new class at the </span>Bexar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County Jail.</span></p><p>"So I encourage you to start looking at the information I gave you," she tells a group of inmates. " 'The Four Agreements' is really, really powerful.”</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:30:38 +0000 Eileen Pace 29376 at http://tpr.org Bexar County Inmates Learning To Take Responsibility For Their Circumstances Update: Texas Execution Back On Schedule, US 5th Circuit Reverses Lower Court Ruling http://tpr.org/post/update-texas-execution-back-schedule-us-5th-circuit-reverses-lower-court-ruling <p><strong>Update (4/3): </strong>In a last-minute decision Wednesday night, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the lower federal district court's decision to halt the execution of death row inmate Tommy Sells, who is scheduled to die today, Thursday, April 3.</p><p>The execution had been halted pending a privacy-disclosure case involving the pharmacy manufacturing the drugs being used in the execution. Sells' attorney says she will be taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:59:34 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29346 at http://tpr.org The Source: Gov. Perry Calls Full Prison Rape Elimination Act Implementation "Impossible" http://tpr.org/post/source-gov-perry-calls-full-prison-rape-elimination-act-implementation-impossible <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Perry wrote a letter to the U.S. attorney general last week. In it, Perry stated he would not be able to certify Texas prisons under the guidelines of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (</span>PREA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">).</span></p><p>Perry cited several points of issue, with the largest being cross-gender monitoring.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:45:24 +0000 Paul Flahive 29281 at http://tpr.org The Source: Gov. Perry Calls Full Prison Rape Elimination Act Implementation "Impossible" Bexar County Jail Program Helps Incarcerated Mothers Connect To a New Way Of Life http://tpr.org/post/bexar-county-jail-program-helps-incarcerated-mothers-connect-new-way-life <p></p><p>According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, more than <a href="https://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/gokids/gokids_articles_children_impacted.html">7 million children in the U.S. have at least one parent in jail or prison.</a> Studies show many of&nbsp;the children&nbsp;get stuck in a cycle of intergenerational crime and incarceration.&nbsp;</p><p>Several programs in Texas jails are trying to break that cycle.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:14:35 +0000 Eileen Pace 29155 at http://tpr.org Bexar County Jail Program Helps Incarcerated Mothers Connect To a New Way Of Life Update: Texas Supreme Court Halts Execution Drug Disclosure Order http://tpr.org/post/update-texas-supreme-court-halts-execution-drug-disclosure-order <p><strong>Update (3/28):</strong> The <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/ap/texas/texas-supreme-court-halts-release-of-drug-supplier/nfNG2/" target="_blank">Associated Press is now reporting</a> that the Texas Supreme Court has halted the court decision that ordered the state to disclose the name of the compounding pharmacy that makes the drug pentobarbital.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:12:43 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29033 at http://tpr.org What Will We Learn From New Transparency In Privately-Run Texas State Jails? http://tpr.org/post/what-will-we-learn-new-transparency-privately-run-texas-state-jails <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> A court has ruled that privately-run jails are, in effect, governmental bodies when it comes to Texas open records law, so what will be uncovered from the new level of transparency that these institutions must follow? Will the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association be ready to pay out in the event of a destructive hurricane? Also on this show: Whooping crane populations along the coast and a new ocelot kitten in South Texas.</p><p><strong>Privately-run jails must now open up records</strong></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:54:24 +0000 David Martin Davies 28665 at http://tpr.org What Will We Learn From New Transparency In Privately-Run Texas State Jails? The Source: Calls To End Solitary Confinement http://tpr.org/post/source-calls-end-solitary-confinement <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In US prisons 80,000 people are held in solitary confinement every year,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">spending more than 22 hours completely alone.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's expensive, its effectiveness is questionable and a growing body of work shows it <a href="http://www.jaapl.org/content/38/1/104.short" target="_blank">exacerbates mental health issues</a>. In addition to exacerbating mental health issues already present there is substantial research showing it causes mental health problems.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:02:21 +0000 Paul Flahive 27974 at http://tpr.org The Source: Calls To End Solitary Confinement Stabbing Victim Given Peace Award For Efforts To Change Parole Violation Policy http://tpr.org/post/stabbing-victim-given-peace-award-efforts-change-parole-violation-policy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has changed the method for notifying victims of violent crime if their attacker has violated parole.</span></p><p>Karin Richmond is a former lobbyist, both in Austin and in Washington, D.C.. In 1983, while in her hotel room in Austin, Richmond was brutally stabbed more than a dozen times, her nose cut off, and blinded by her attacker, an employee of the hotel.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:26:02 +0000 Eileen Pace 27147 at http://tpr.org Stabbing Victim Given Peace Award For Efforts To Change Parole Violation Policy The Source: Broadband In America | The School-To-Prison Pipeline http://tpr.org/post/source-broadband-america-school-prison-pipeline <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The United States internet service providers are charging more money for less broadband access according to </span><a href="http://newamerica.net/publications/policy/the_cost_of_connectivity_2013" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a report from the New America Foundation</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Can the country continue to foster innovation as the country falls behind in access?</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:49:00 +0000 Paul Flahive 25119 at http://tpr.org The Source: Broadband In America | The School-To-Prison Pipeline Former Bexar Medical Examiner Tapped For Seat On National Commission On Forensic Science http://tpr.org/post/former-bexar-medical-examiner-tapped-seat-national-commission-forensic-science <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A longtime medical examiner for </span>Bexar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County has been appointed to the newly-formed National Commission on Forensic Science.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The commission,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">which meets&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for the first time in February,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was created last year to establish national standards to help assure the scientific value and accuracy of evidence in criminal cases and investigations.</span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:56:45 +0000 Eileen Pace 24905 at http://tpr.org