Aggravated Robbery is a Get Out of Jail Free Card in Travis County

Aggravated Robbery is a Get Out of Jail Free Card in Travis County

The debate about justice reform centers around whether or not someone who is poor should be required to pay a surety bond to get out of jail free while awaiting trial. The argument is that the person’s ability to post a bond should not depend on their ability to afford a bail bond. The so-called … Read moreAggravated Robbery is a Get Out of Jail Free Card in Travis County

PRESS RELEASE: Risk Assessment Tools: All Risk, Little Reward

Risk Assessment Tools Dangerous for Texas

As more states adopt risk assessment tools to gauge risk and recidivism, questions about efficacy, ethics and racial bias continue to rise The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities today issued the following press release outlining the growing concerns surrounding the use of risk assessment tools in determining the fate of criminal defendants. Risk assessment tools are computer … Read morePRESS RELEASE: Risk Assessment Tools: All Risk, Little Reward

5 Reasons Why Bail Reform Risk Assessment Tools Are Dangerous to Democracy

Risk assessment tools are too risky for bail reform.

Criminal justice risk assessment tools are algorithms designed to recommend mandatory release of a defendant who scores as a low risk for flight or criminal activity. In states that have implemented the tool in the last few years, the algorithm has forced judges to release dangerous people back on the streets. Robert Werth of Houston’s … Read more5 Reasons Why Bail Reform Risk Assessment Tools Are Dangerous to Democracy

Alaska Ends “Catch and Release” Bail Reform After It Creates Public Safety Crisis

Catch and release bail reforms fail

After only a few months of bail reform, several sponsors of Alaska’s “catch and release” bill, SB 91, moved to roll back it’s most controversial feature: a mandatory computer-generated algorithm that chooses who must be released without cash bail before trial. The mandatory system relied on 6 data points to determine if a person was … Read moreAlaska Ends “Catch and Release” Bail Reform After It Creates Public Safety Crisis

Bail Reform Rejected by 69% of Judges in Recent Survey

Bail Reform Rejected by 69% of Judges

The National Judicial College recently surveyed their members with the following question: “Should the money-based bail system be abolished?” More than 800 judges responded and 69% said NO. Bail reform rejected by judges is no surprise. Judges understand better than anyone that the bail system puts public safety first. Why is bail reform rejected by judges?  … Read moreBail Reform Rejected by 69% of Judges in Recent Survey

Victim of Domestic Violence Begs Elected Officials to Protect Texas Families

Domestic Violence in Texas

Dear Elected Official,  I am writing today because I am a victim of domestic violence, and I have concerns on how and why my attacker was released from jail so quickly and easily. In September 2017, my then boyfriend, Robert Wayne Hill, began attacking me after a phone call he had been on. He hung … Read moreVictim of Domestic Violence Begs Elected Officials to Protect Texas Families

PRESS RELEASE: TASC Issues Statement on Rising Failure-to-Appear Rates in Harris County

14 Houston Criminal Court at Law judges, citing irreparable harm, warn Fifth Circuit about bail reform initiatives and growing FTA rates The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities (TASC) today issued a statement following news that fourteen Harris County Criminal Court at Law judges have demanded an injunction to stop federal Judge Lee Rosenthal’s bail reform order, … Read morePRESS RELEASE: TASC Issues Statement on Rising Failure-to-Appear Rates in Harris County

Press Release: Nationally Recognized Victims’ Rights Advocates Join Texas Alliance for Safe Communities

Texas Alliance for Safer Communties

Three new members have backgrounds in victim advocacy and crime prevention, and will help guide organization’s educational and outreach efforts The Texas Alliance for Safe Communities (TASC) today announced the addition of three new members to its organization, including Stacie Rumenap, President of Stop Child Predators, Roberto Garcia, Founder and President/CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Family & Friends of … Read morePress Release: Nationally Recognized Victims’ Rights Advocates Join Texas Alliance for Safe Communities

PRESS RELEASE: New Advocacy Organization Launches To Promote Public Safety Solutions In Texas

Texas Alliance for Safe Communities will work to hold Texas decision-makers accountable for policies that put dangerous criminals back onto our streets AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Alliance for Safe Communities (TASC), a non-profit, 501(c)(4) coalition of public safety advocates, was today launched with the mission of working alongside Texans to promote common sense public policies … Read morePRESS RELEASE: New Advocacy Organization Launches To Promote Public Safety Solutions In Texas

News Stories Document Communities At Risk Due to Revolving Doors for Criminals.

The following news articles are proof positive of the dangers of bail reform policies around the United States. In many of these instances, defendants released on unsecured bonds/personal recognizance went on to recommit serious offenses while out of jail, creating a revolving door in county jails. Many of these stories also paint the true picture … Read moreNews Stories Document Communities At Risk Due to Revolving Doors for Criminals.