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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

Holding Judges Accountable in Houston

Harris County Judicial Accountability Scorecards

Since September 2020, we have partnered with researchers at Harvard University to produce weekly, individualized scorecards for Harris County felony judges. The scorecards include the percentages of Black, Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic white defendants that each judge detained prior to trial on their docket. The scorecards also compare each judge to other Harris County felony judges in terms of racial and ethnic disparities in detention rates and bond amounts. We directly email these scorecards to judges, while also publicly posting them on our website. The goal: To impact judicial behavior through accountability.

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