Category Archives: Criminal Justice

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Texas may consider raising age of adult criminal responsibility

Texas is one of seven states in which 17-year-olds accused of committing crimes automatically enter the adult criminal justice system, rather than the juvenile system. The age at which young offenders enter the adult system is referred to as the … Continue reading

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Debate continues on guns in buildings that contain courtrooms

Some Texas cities and counties have lifted bans on handguns in multi-use government buildings that house courtrooms after individuals complained that the bans were too broad and therefore illegal. At least two challenges to local bans have moved to the courts. In 2015, the Texas Legislature … Continue reading

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State considers ways to address financial abuse of elderly

As the population ages in Texas and nationwide, state lawmakers are examining ways to curb financial exploitation of the elderly. Proposals could emerge to address the issue in the 85th Texas Legislature’s regular session in 2017. The House Committee on … Continue reading

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States consider limits on use of solitary confinement

Debate about the use of solitary confinement in prisons has prompted states to examine their policies, with several making changes in recent years. Some have limited the use of solitary confinement or have modified living conditions in solitary confinement housing. … Continue reading

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Texas examines mental health issues in county jails

In the wake of high-profile jail suicides in Texas in the last year, the Texas House and Senate are studying mental health issues and regulation of county jails this interim. Both chambers have heard proposals that could lead to legislation … Continue reading

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