Since before this country’s founding, police and prisons have been weaponized against people. These systems have the potential to affect every one of us, but poor, Black, brown, disabled, noncitizen, and LGBTQIA+ communities are among the most impacted.
Our state fails to take on the root causes that trap many Texans in the criminal injustice system. Texans falling through the cracks of our broken social welfare systems are overly policed and incarcerated, but police rarely keep our communities safe from violence. Instead, police use excessive force and even kill unarmed Black and brown people.
When people find themselves in court, they face a rigged system where punishment is based on who can pay. Jails and prisons are frequently on the verge of collapse with ever growing populations, understaffing, inadequate services, and dangerous conditions for their residents and staff. Even after serving time, individuals face countless barriers to re-entering society.
TCRP’s Criminal Injustice team partners with impacted communities, prioritizing cases and campaigns that:
Prevent the Harms of the Criminal Injustice System by Reducing Over Policing and Criminalization
Protect and Expand Rights of the Accused to Remove Wealth as a Barrier to Liberty
Reduce the Harms of Incarceration and Expand and Support Decarceration