What We're ReadingNews that caught our attention or cited the Texas Justice Initiative from across the Lone Star State and beyond.
A Carceral CrisisPublished on October 15, 2020
A new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security urges officials to take "urgent and swift action" to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in jails and prisons. "The lack of preparation—the lack of a public health system—that exists in these facilities is really concerning," Crystal Watson, who co-authored the report, said.
How a 63-year-old inmate was the first to die from COVID-19 in the Dallas County jailPublished on October 16, 2020
Reporters for The Dallas Morning News describe how Channel Lee Greer, 63, died of COVID-19 in June, three months after he was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance. Dallas County officials announced Greer's death in August and filed a custodial death report in October.
1,010 people have been shot and killed by police in the past yearPublished on September 23, 2020
In its annual summary of shootings by law enforcement, The Washington Post reports that the number of shootings each year has remained steady since The Post's first report five years ago. Additionally, the report states, "the rate at which black Americans are killed by police is more than twice as high as the rate for white Americans."
The U.S. Prison System Has Reached 1,000 COVID-19 DeathsPublished on August 28, 2020
Reason Magazine's Scott Shackford reports that the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in American prisons has passed 1,000 (inmates and staff), based on data collected by The Marshall Project.
Officer-Involved Shootings Climb in Texas; Blacks, Latinos Disproportionate VictimsPublished on August 27, 2020
The Center on Media Crime and Justice at John Jay College featured TJI's officer-involved shootings report in their publication, The Crime Report. Reporter Laura Bowen focused on the increasing number of shootings by officers in Texas over the past four years and decreasing survival rates of victims.