Criminal Justice

Overview

 

We target both the front and back end of the criminal justice system through strategic advocacy and litigation.

With an incarcerated population of approximately 150,000, Texas locks up more people than any other state. Mass incarceration in Texas is fueled and perpetuated by the over-incarceration of minority and impoverished populations at early stages of the criminal justice system and inhumane conditions of confinement that deprive inmates of meaningful mental healthcare and rehabilitative opportunities during their term of imprisonment.


Over the last 25 years, TCRP has established itself as a leader in litigating to achieve criminal justice reform in Texas.

 

Going forward, TCRP will spearhead criminal justice reform in Texas via a program focused on dismantling the underlying causes and effects of mass incarceration through strategic litigation targeted at reforming identifiable institutional practices and conditions that perpetuate mass incarceration at both the front and back end of the criminal justice system.

What we’re facing

150,000

Incarcerated population – Texas locks up more people than any other state.

 

5th highest

Texas’ incarceration rate in the nation

 

62 percent

People incarcerated in Texas due to an inability to pay fines or bail

 

69 percent

Black and Hispanic individuals in the prison population

 

3rd

Texas’ rank among states on prison spending

Ongoing issues

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