PRESS RELEASE: The Fight Continues for Texas Crime Victims and Families

Texas Bail Reform

The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities (TASC) today released the following statement regarding efforts to keep crime victims and families at the forefront of the criminal justice conversation in Texas. “Although the legislative session has ended, the fight to give Texas crime victims and their families a voice has not. Public safety and victims’ rights … Read morePRESS RELEASE: The Fight Continues for Texas Crime Victims and Families

HB 3283: Testimony of Stacie Rumenap, Board Member, Texas Alliance for Safe Communities For House Bill 3283

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Chair Collier, Vice Chair Zedler and the honorable members of the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, thank you for considering this testimony for House Bill 3283. We can all agree that certain criminal justice reforms are needed to address some of the challenges of administering justice fairly and efficiently, however, we should also keep in … Read moreHB 3283: Testimony of Stacie Rumenap, Board Member, Texas Alliance for Safe Communities For House Bill 3283

HB 3283: Testimony of June Rodgers, Victims’ Outreach Coordinator, Texas Alliance for Safe Communities for House Bill 3283

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Thank you Chair Collier, Vice Chair Zedler and the honorable members of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee for taking the time to consider my testimony on this important bill. Putting into law the procedures required by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as House Bill 3283 does, preserves critical accountability measures for criminal defendants while … Read moreHB 3283: Testimony of June Rodgers, Victims’ Outreach Coordinator, Texas Alliance for Safe Communities for House Bill 3283

HB 1323: Testimony of Stacie Rumenap, Board Member, Texas Alliance for Safe Communities Against House Bill 1323

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Chair Collier, Vice Chair Zedler and the honorable members of the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, thank you for considering this testimony against House Bill 1323 and the pretrial risk assessment tool it implements. Algorithm-based pretrial risk assessment tools create a revolving door that allows criminals to continue to terrorize their victims and our communities, … Read moreHB 1323: Testimony of Stacie Rumenap, Board Member, Texas Alliance for Safe Communities Against House Bill 1323

HB 1323: Testimony of June Rodgers, Victims’ Outreach Coordinator for the Texas Alliance for Safe Communities (TASC) Against House Bill 1323

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Thank you Chair Collier, Vice Chair Zedler and the honorable members of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee for taking the time to consider my testimony. The work you do on criminal justice issues is critical. And for me, it is personal. Almost exactly two years ago, I was enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon in New … Read moreHB 1323: Testimony of June Rodgers, Victims’ Outreach Coordinator for the Texas Alliance for Safe Communities (TASC) Against House Bill 1323

Op-Ed: Congressman Ted Poe Says Letting Judges Handle Bail Keeps Texas Safer

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Former judge and Texas Congressman Ted Poe has published an op-ed in the Texas Tribune urging state lawmakers to leave bail decisions in the hands of elected judges. The congressman calls for better information sharing between magistrates, and warns against dangerous, revolving door release policies that leave victims without justice and criminal defendants without accountability. … Read moreOp-Ed: Congressman Ted Poe Says Letting Judges Handle Bail Keeps Texas Safer

Op-Ed: Bail Algorithms Endanger the Community Says Victims Rights Advocate Stacie Rumenap

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Criminal justice reform is a uniting issue for America, seemingly the only thing bringing together leadership from both sides of the aisle. And while we can all agree that reforms are needed to address some of the challenges of administering justice fairly and efficiently, we also need to remain united in our commitment to ensuring … Read moreOp-Ed: Bail Algorithms Endanger the Community Says Victims Rights Advocate Stacie Rumenap

PRESS RELEASE: TASC Statement Regarding Gov. Abbott’s State of the State Speech

Texas Alliance for Safer Communities

The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities (TASC) today released the following statement regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s State of the State speech: “Texans deserve a criminal justice system that delivers justice and protects our communities. TASC applauds Gov. Greg Abbott for laying out policies to make Texas safer by addressing mental health issues in our schools, … Read morePRESS RELEASE: TASC Statement Regarding Gov. Abbott’s State of the State Speech

Op-Ed: Pasadena Police Chief Blasts Harris County Jail Release Policy that Led to Dangerous Crime Spree

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Alleged suspect was twice released on personal recognizance. Pasadena, Texas Police Chief Josh Bruegger has released a video blasting Harris County’s dangerous pretrial release policy. Earlier this month, Jakouri Jones allegedly committed a series of armed robberies in Pasadena, and shot at a witness and his children. The 230th District Court judge in Harris County released Jones on … Read moreOp-Ed: Pasadena Police Chief Blasts Harris County Jail Release Policy that Led to Dangerous Crime Spree

PRESS RELEASE: Soaring Crime Rate Forcing Alaska to Roll Back Failed Bail Reform Policies

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After seeing it’s communities terrorized by a 35 percent increase in violent crime and a 26 percent increase in overall crime in the last five years, Alaska is attempting to roll back it’s pretrial catch and release policies. Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday rolled out four bills aimed at improving public safety and protecting Alaskans. Texas … Read morePRESS RELEASE: Soaring Crime Rate Forcing Alaska to Roll Back Failed Bail Reform Policies