Our Progress in 2019

Ahead of Texas’ 2019 legislative session, the Texas Center for Justice and Equity proposed a comprehensive legislative agenda to prevent unnecessary incarceration, protect the well-being of system-involved Texans, and improve outcomes upon reentry.

The 86th legislative session ended in May, and we shared our gains in an e-newsletter, while also tracking of all the positive justice-related bills that were still moving or had become law on our blog.

Next, we’ll release a guide that analyzes Texas’ new youth and adult justice laws.

While we are proud of the bills that successfully passed, we know that Texas still has far to go to safely shrink the youth and adult justice systems, and to re-prioritize meaningful treatment and rehabilitative services, racial equity, and help for people seeking to overcome past justice system involvement.

For now, this page is your one-stop shop for justice-related legislation from Texas’ 2019 session.

In our 2019 legislative agenda, TCJE proposed 18 policies to achieve our reform goals.

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On the last day of Texas’ 2019 legislative session, TCJE Executive Director Leah Pinney shared our biggest gains in an e-newsletter.

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During the Governor’s veto period, TCJE tracked almost 90 youth and adult justice bills in a blog post to keep you updated on new Texas laws.

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TCJE is excited to share an in-depth analysis of the new laws going into effect.

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