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The Texas Center for Justice and Equity (TCJE) advocates at the state Capitol and in counties throughout Texas to end mass incarceration, shift funding towards community supports, and reduce racial inequities in the criminal legal system.

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“Spending the night in an adult jail at 17 was one of the worst experiences of my life. There’s no one you can ask for help.”

Texas kids are locked up in the adult system right now. You can help us stop this from happening.

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The Big Picture

118k

Number of people in prison in Texas

68

Percent of people in Texas county jails who have not been tried or convicted

33

Percent of people in Texas prisons who are Black, despite Black people making up only 13% of Texas' general population

81

Percent of women in Texas prisons who are mothers

#50

Texas’ ranking – out of 50 states and Washington D.C. – in providing access to mental health care

Media Bias in Harris County

New Report: "The Real 'Bond Pandemic'"

In November 2021, TCJE released a groundbreaking report analyzing media coverage of misdemeanor bond reform and the criminal legal system in Harris County (Houston). Our team evaluated coverage from four English-language and two Spanish-language television stations to identify bias, false narratives, and misinformation. The report is available both as a PDF and an interactive webpage where you can flip through stats for media outlets and most quoted officials and read articles with annotations from the report's authors.

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition is now the Texas Center for Justice and Equity! Learn More