Informing the public about our data, our findings and what the data means is of the utmost importance to the Texas Justice Initiative. More information about our data sets can be found here, and all of our data is available through (free account required) here. Below, you’ll find the Texas Justice Initiative’s latest press releases and reports.

COVID-19 fatalities in Texas prisons and jails (2020)

By Kenny Gildersleeve

The Texas Justice Initiative is tracking deaths of individuals related to the novel coronavirus in local, state and federal jails in prisons. Our sources: custodial death reports filed with the Texas Office of the Attorney General, the Bureau of Prisons news releases and data dashboard, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice news releases and data dashboard and daily tallies from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

MAP: COVID-19 deaths in Texas prisons and jails

Pre-booking homicides by Texas law enforcement (2020)

By Eva Ruth Moravec

In this Medium post, TJI's executive director examines TJI's data to analyze the deaths of black individuals killed by Texas law enforcement before they are booked in jail.

One in four killed in Texas law enforcement homicides are Black

Pre-trial deaths in Texas jails

By James Babyak

An interactive dashboard updated monthly with data on individuals who die in Texas county jails before going to trial.

TABLEAU DASHBOARD: Pre-trial deaths in Texas jails since 2005

Life and Death in a Carceral State (2018)

By TJI, Texas After Violence Project

TJI partnered with the Texas After Violence Project to document the experiences people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system in Texas.

Life and Death in a Carceral State narratives

Read the full data report for Life and Death in a Carceral State

Officer-Involved Shootings and Custodial Deaths in Texas (2018)

By Everett Wetchler

From 2005 to 20018, there were 8,730 deaths of civilians in the custody of Texas law enforcement. In the past decade, officer-involved shootings in Texas have been on the rise. Data obtained from the Texas Office of the Attorney General shows that since Sept. 1, 2015, there have been 466 civilians shot by Texas law enforcement, and 78 officers have been shot.

Officers involved in shootings skew younger and male than the general population of Texas law enforcement officers. Overall, most deaths that occur in Texas law enforcement custody are due to natural causes, but that nearly half of all deaths of inmates housed alone in a jail cell are suicides.

Press Release

TJI’s Fact Sheet

Texas Custodial Death Report (2016)

By Amanda Woog

From 2005 to 2015, a reported 6,913 people died in the custody of law enforcement and other state officials in Texas. More than 1,900 of the people who died (28%) had not been convicted of, or in many cases, even charged with a crime. Despite recent growing interest in counting and reporting on custodial and police-involved deaths, most of the nearly 7,000 people who died have never had their stories told, and aggregate data regarding the manner and locations of their deaths have not been widely available.

Read the Report