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Life after prison: Spectrum interview

Life after prison can prove to be quite a challenge for formerly incarcerated people, especially when it comes to getting a job. But we’re following one Texas man that’s defying the odds and sharing his inspiring story with others. Then, we sit down with Maggie Luna from the Texas Center for Justice and Equity. She explains their mission and how they’re providing hope for those incarcerated.

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Helping previously incarcerated Texans get connected to employment, housing opportunities

A national organization helping connect people with criminal records to employment and housing opportunities is launching in Texas. TimeDone Texas held a resource fair Saturday with 300 Austinites who signed up for help.

Read the rest of this article from KXAN.

TimeDone Texas launches to help remove barriers for formerly incarcerated Texans

Formally incarcerated Texans are finding it harder to re-enter society after spending time in prison. A public safety reform group has launched an effort to remove the barriers millions of Texans with a record face.

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Public safety reform group launches effort to remove barriers for Texans

Nearly one in five Texans have a public arrest or jail record. Alliance for Safety and Justice the Nation’s largest public safety reform group says this blocks many of them from opportunities that can lead to a better quality of life. Maggie Luna says she knows first-hand that Texans with a past arrest or a conviction record have a greater challenge of building stability when returning to society.

Read the rest of this article from CBS Austin.

Pushing for Real Police Oversight in Contract and on the Ballot

Somewhere deep in the Austin Police Department's computer database sit the personnel files of each of its approximately 1,800 officers. Those files include their disciplinary histories, which may include details about unnecessary violence or unethical conduct, Internal Affairs investigations, and the punishments meted out for misconduct. Most officers won't have much or any disciplinary history. But some, almost certainly, have multiple instances of discipline in their files.

Read the rest of this article from the Austin Chronicle.

Remembering Sandra Bland 7 years after her death in a Texas jail

Today is Sandra Bland Day in Austin. The day was proclaimed in 2019 to remember Bland, whose suspicious 2015 death sparked outrage. Bland died in a Waller County, Texas jail cell in 2015 at the age of 28, but her death is still under speculation to this day.

Read the full article from Spectrum News Austin.

'From Prison to Power' event in Austin helps people who were previously incarcerated

Several organizations held an event Saturday in Austin to provide information and resources to people who've been previously incarcerated. The "From Prison to Power" event was hosted by the Statewide Leadership Council, which is a group made up of formerly incarcerated advocates who are now working for meaningful change.

Read the rest of this article and watch the video from KVUE.

Formerly incarcerated Texans share stories at 'From Prison to Power' event

The event follows a series of community gatherings that have taken place in Texas cities, the most recent being in Dallas. Key organizer for the event and Texas Center for Justice and Equity's Peer Policy Fellow Maggie Luna has all the details.

Watch the interview from FOX 7 Austin.

Reports of Youth Crime Wave Debunked by Latest Research

New research by The Sentencing Project shows a drop in youth crime over the past 20 years, which debunks a so-called "false narrative" of a youth violence movement sweeping the country. Sarah Reyes, policy analyst at the Texas Center for Justice and Equity, said there is little data since the pandemic started, but she suspects the drop in crime, at least in Texas, was an anomaly because kids were isolated due to COVID-19.

Read the rest of this article from Public News Service.

How Much Power Do Police Oversight Offices Really Have?

Negotiations between Austin officials and the police were breaking down in part over the city’s attempts to increase police accountability in 2018. The city’s citizen review panel disbanded. Finally, that November, the parties reached an agreement, though tensions remained. A new office was created and staffed by civilians rather than police: The Office of Police Oversight.

Read the rest of this article from Texas Observer.

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