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CI Cover Art Contest


TCRP’s Criminal Injustice Program is publishing a report on the Houston Police Department’s use of non-safety traffic stops.


In 2022, HPD conducted over 250,000 traffic stops. Black Houston drivers represented 60% of all traffic violation arrests despite only representing 20% of Houston’s population. When examining the use of force during HPD traffic stops, Black drivers were assaulted the most, experiencing 58% of the 4,400 cases reported by HPD. Latinos represented 33% of traffic stop assaults. We believe by passing an ordinance that limits the police to only patrol for speeding, reckless driving, and passing red lights, we could prevent the violence Black and Brown drivers are experiencing at the hands of the police. Our report will elaborate on these issues and promote our vision for public safety.

We are holding an art contest for the cover art of this report! We need you to help us create a cover that captures our vision for public safety.  Learn more about our Criminal Injustice Program here. The deadline to submit your art is Sunday, June 18, 2023.


We envision a Texas where public safety is achieved without the use of excessive and racially disproportionate targeting and policing of marginalized communities, where all communities have the resources and support they need to thrive. 


Criminal Injustice Art Inspiration
Criminal Injustice Art Inspiration
Criminal Injustice Art Inspiration




To enter the contest please submit the following via email to

  1. Your cover art submission in PDF, PNG, JPEG, SVG, or AI format. (Must be a high quality file of at least 300 dpi, and no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches.)

  2. Your Name

  3. Your Address

  4. Your Phone Number

  5. Your Email Address

  6. Social media handles (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, etc.) [Optional]

  7. Please use this format for the email subject line: Cover Art Contest - [First Name Last Name]



Grand Prize Winner: $250, featured on report cover

2nd Place (2 winners): $100 each

3rd Place (3 winners): $50 each

All cover art submissions have the chance to be featured on our social media and our website


This contest is open to artists of all ages who reside in Texas. Cover art submissions should be formatted for digital publication and physical printing on standard A4 sized paper, and no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches. Cover art submissions must not include any violent, vulgar, or inappropriate imagery. The contest will run until Sunday, June 18, 2023. The winners will be announced on Friday, June 30, 2023. The winners will be determined by TCRP staff.

We will reach out to each winner a maximum of 3 times to notify them. Winners must respond to our communication to accept their place as a winner within 3 days of the final notification. If they do not respond by then, TCRP will offer the prize to the next runner-up. Please ensure that you provide your contact information when you submit your work and notify us if your contact information changes. The first place winner’s cover art will be used as the cover art for our report. Other winners' art may be used inside the report or in other TCRP publications or materials. Cover art submissions may promote the artist along with the report. Cover art may be posted on TCRP's website, social media pages, or other publications with credit to the artist. 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email

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