Category Archives: Criminal Justice

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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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Air conditioning to remedy heat at Texas prison after legal settlement

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has installed air conditioning in a prison near Navasota as part of a recent settlement of a lawsuit brought by inmates over excessive heat at the facility. The settlement requires TDCJ to install … Continue reading

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Laws let Texans donate to fund testing of sexual assault kits

Two laws enacted by the 85th Legislature this year allow Texans who are obtaining a driver’s license or registering a vehicle to contribute money for the testing of evidence from sexual assaults or other sex crimes. By early 2018, the … Continue reading

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Legislature revises laws to address cyberbullying

Texas lawmakers this year revised state laws on bullying and cyberbullying among youth, and school districts began implementing the changes with the new school year. A new law, SB 179 by Menéndez, is called “David’s Law” in honor of David Molak, … Continue reading

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