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News that caught our attention or cited the Texas Justice Initiative from across the Lone Star State and beyond.
  • Police shootings continue daily, despite a pandemic, protests and pushes for reform

    Police shootings continue daily, despite a pandemic, protests and pushes for reform

    Published on July 30, 2021

    The Washington Post has tracked fatal shootings by police since 2015 and report that "midway through this year, fatal police shootings are down compared with the same period last year." Still, officers shot and killed an average of 1,000 people each year – about three individuals a day – over the past six years.

  • Trauma on top of trauma: why more women are dying in jails

    Trauma on top of trauma: why more women are dying in jails

    Published on July 13, 2021

    Candice Norwood, for the 19th News, reports on new data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics on in-custody deaths on the anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland. Norwood writes: "As with Sandra Bland, the majority of jail deaths occurred among people who had not been convicted of a crime, and about 40 percent in 2018 happened within the first seven days of admission."

  • Lost Opportunity, Lost Lives

    Lost Opportunity, Lost Lives

    Published on June 29, 2021

    Reporter Lisa Armstrong examines how the coronavirus pandemic affected older people in prisons, who were particularly vulnerable and are also unlikely to reoffend.

  • Dead Man Waiting: A brief profile of deaths in Texas prisons among people approved for parole release

    Dead Man Waiting: A brief profile of deaths in Texas prisons among people approved for parole release

    Published on June 18, 2021

    A report by researchers at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin found an increase in the number of people who had been approved for parole and died while still incarcerated in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.

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