What We're ReadingNews that caught our attention or cited the Texas Justice Initiative from across the Lone Star State and beyond.
For a second year, most U.S. police departments decline to share information on their use of forcePublished on June 9, 2021
For the second time, the data that agencies voluntarily submit to the FBI on use of force is unusable because of low participation. The Washington Post reports that only 27% of departments across the country – and about 3% in Texas – participated in the data collection effort.
KXAN investigation leads to first-ever 100% racial profiling report compliance in TexasPublished on June 1, 2021
After KXAN looked into compliance with the state's racial profiling law, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement took action to change things. For the first time, all agencies filed their required racial profiling reports this year – including 15 agencies whose heads were reprimanded for filing late.
Latinos are disproportionately killed by police but often left out of the debate about brutality, some advocates sayPublished on June 2, 2021
The Washington Post's Silvia Foster-Frau reports on the in custody deaths of Latinos in the U.S. She writes: "a review of databases that track police killings shows that while their cases have largely gone untold in the national discussion of police violence, Latinos are killed by police at nearly double the rate of White Americans."
A year after George Floyd's murder, only a few of Texas lawmakers' police reform measures appear likely to become lawPublished on May 25, 2021
Reporter Jolie McCullough provides an update on proposed legislation that is being considered by the Texas Legislature one year after the murder of George Floyd.
Granted Parole or Awaiting Trial, Inmates Died of COVID-19 Behind BarsPublished on May 6, 2021
The New York Times reported on the deadly impact of the coronavirus on people incarcerated in prisons, jails and immigration detention centers, where 2,700 have died from the pandemic. Profiled in the piece are several individuals – including Texans – who died after either being approved for release by a parole board or while being held in jail pre-trial.