Criminal Justice http://tpr.org en The Source: A Threat To Our Jury System http://tpr.org/post/source-threat-our-jury-system <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The troubling decline of jury trials affects both <a href="http://poundinstitute.org/docs/2011%20judges%20forum/2011%20Forum%20Galanter-Frozena%20Paper.pdf" target="_blank">state and federal court rooms</a>.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Forced arbitration, tort reform, and sky rocketing court costs are changing how we administer law, but w</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat affect does it have on this Constitutional mandate?</span></p><p><strong>Guests</strong>:</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:20:31 +0000 Paul Flahive 35445 at http://tpr.org The Source: A Threat To Our Jury System The Source: Agency Overseeing Sex Offenders Under Spotlight http://tpr.org/post/source-agency-overseeing-sex-offenders-under-spotlight <p>The Office of Violent Sex Offender Management <a href="http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/New-director-finds-sex-offender-office-in-shambles-5458294.php" target="_blank">is a mess</a> says its new director. From a woeful work environment to a lack of basic managerial oversight, critics are lambasting the program. &nbsp;The program is tasked with overseeing the civil commitments of the worst sex offenders who have served their time but remain a risk.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:50:22 +0000 Paul Flahive 33583 at http://tpr.org The Source: Agency Overseeing Sex Offenders Under Spotlight The Source: Are Changes Needed At The Public Defender's Office? http://tpr.org/post/source-are-changes-needed-public-defenders-office <p>The Bexar County public defender's office has been accused of having no leadership or management by a current appellate public defender.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:49:24 +0000 Paul Flahive 32843 at http://tpr.org The Source: Are Changes Needed At The Public Defender's Office? U.S. 5th Circuit Halts Texas Execution Based On New Information http://tpr.org/post/us-5th-circuit-halts-texas-execution-based-new-information <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Texan man on death row who was scheduled to be the nation’s first execution since the botched lethal injection in Oklahoma has been granted a stay. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he US </span>5th <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Circuit Court of Appeals halted Robert James Campbell’s execution based on an IQ score taken in 1982.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 14:55:37 +0000 Ryan Poppe 31656 at http://tpr.org The Source: All Eyes On Texas After Botched Oklahoma Execution http://tpr.org/post/source-all-eyes-texas-after-botched-oklahoma-execution <p>The complication-laden execution of Clayton Lockett, an Oklahoma death-row inmate, last week had everyone from <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/03/us/flawed-oklahoma-execution-deeply-troubling-obama-says.html?_r=0" target="_blank">President Obama</a> to the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/02/un-human-rights-condemns-oklahoma-execution-clayton-lockett" target="_blank">U.N. High Commission on Human Rights</a>&nbsp;weighing in on the tragic and torturous event.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 17:26:27 +0000 Paul Flahive 31182 at http://tpr.org The Source: All Eyes On Texas After Botched Oklahoma Execution Pressure Builds For Additional Transparency In Texas After Oklahoma Execution http://tpr.org/post/pressure-builds-additional-transparency-texas-after-oklahoma-execution <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following a botched execution in Oklahoma, anti-death penalty groups and attorneys are once again calling on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide full transparency in the state's execution process.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:33:16 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30947 at http://tpr.org Lawmakers Look At Landlord Liability When Renting To Nonviolent Offenders http://tpr.org/post/lawmakers-look-landlord-liability-when-renting-nonviolent-offenders <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last session lawmakers passed a bill that provides employers liability relief when they hire nonviolent offenders. In this</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> interim period ahead of the 2015 session, members of the House are considering adding landlords to that same list.</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:11:54 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30826 at http://tpr.org Lawmakers Look At Landlord Liability When Renting To Nonviolent Offenders Lawmakers Weighing Options With Mental Illness In Texas Prison Population http://tpr.org/post/lawmakers-weighing-options-mental-illness-texas-prison-population <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to state officials, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice counts a large number of inmates with mental illness and drug addiction because the state lacks funding for their treatment.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday </span>members of the House Corrections and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee held a special joint committee hearing to discuss the huge influx of mentally ill people who are being sent to prison.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:51:46 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30527 at http://tpr.org UT Law Clinic Study Shows Dangerous Conditions In Texas' Sweltering Prisons http://tpr.org/post/ut-law-clinic-study-shows-dangerous-conditions-texas-sweltering-prisons <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Human Rights Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law released a report that shows the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is violating prisoners' human and constitutional rights by exposing them to high temperatures.</span></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:46:24 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30464 at http://tpr.org UT Law Clinic Study Shows Dangerous Conditions In Texas' Sweltering Prisons 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