Category Archives: Criminal Justice

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Existing medical parole program in Texas provides for limited release of certain seriously ill, elderly inmates

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local, state, and federal criminal justice systems have been working since early spring to reduce the number of people held in correctional facilities to help limit the spread of the coronavirus and protect … Continue reading

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Texas Supreme Court orders in response to pandemic address court procedures, deadlines

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Supreme Court since mid-March has issued several emergency orders affecting the operations of the judiciary and civil matters such as evictions and consumer debt collection.

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Hazing law now includes coerced over-consumption of alcohol

A Texas law that took effect September 1 makes it a crime under the state’s hazing law to coerce a student to consume a drug or to consume an alcoholic beverage in an amount that would lead a reasonable person … Continue reading

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Lawmakers may debate changes to civil asset forfeiture laws

Like many states, Texas allows law enforcement officers to seize property they suspect has been acquired through, used in, or is intended to be used for certain crimes. This process, known as civil asset forfeiture, occurs through the civil court … Continue reading

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DPS requests additional crime lab funding for fiscal 2020-21

The fiscal 2018-19 state budget appropriated a total of $76.1 million to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for crime lab services, but about 15 percent of that was slated to come from a new fee that will not … Continue reading

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