Johnathan Silver

Johnathan Silver reports on the state’s criminal justice system for The Texas Tribune. Prior to the Tribune, Johnathan was a Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Buster Haas intern and staff reporter at the Victoria Advocate. A Fort Worth native, Johnathan graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with bachelor’s degrees in political science and criminal justice – and a graduation mug from The Shorthorn, the campus student newspaper.

Recent Contributions

Texans remember, rejoice during African-American monument's unveiling

Hundreds of guests gathered on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol to mark the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial, which depicts the more than four centuries of contributions of blacks in the state's history.
Hundreds of guests gathered on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol to mark the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial, which depicts the more than four centuries of contributions of blacks in the state's history.

State officials joined hundreds of other dignitaries Saturday in celebrating the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial at the Texas Capitol.

At "Day with Dad" prison event, leaping hugs and difficult discussions

John Green reunites with his son in the middle of the Darrington Unit gym at the start of the Day with Dad program, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Children and the 29 participating inmates ran into each other's arms to kick off the day of activities.
John Green reunites with his son in the middle of the Darrington Unit gym at the start of the Day with Dad program, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Children and the 29 participating inmates ran into each other's arms to kick off the day of activities.

Dads in a maximum-security lockup in Brazoria County hold on to hope by holding on to their kids.

Dan Patrick wants Texas to buy rifle-resistant vests for its officers

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assures the audience at the Freedom, Faith and Fellowship event May 12, 2016 that he will uphold conservative principles as leader of the Texas Senate in 2017.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick assures the audience at the Freedom, Faith and Fellowship event May 12, 2016 that he will uphold conservative principles as leader of the Texas Senate in 2017.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants state lawmakers to pay for rifle-resistant vests for almost 60,000 patrol officers. It's unclear where — or whether — they'll find the $20 million to do it. 

To Help Rehabilitate Juveniles, Texas Keeping Them Closer to Home

Detainees are moved from location to location within the Travis County Juvenile Detention Center in Austin, Texas, Monday, June 24, 2013.
Detainees are moved from location to location within the Travis County Juvenile Detention Center in Austin, Texas, Monday, June 24, 2013.

More than a year after state lawmakers told it to stop incarcerating so many teenagers, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department has diverted 52 juvenile offenders for rehabilitation instead of shipping them to state lockups.

Lawmakers, Courts Consider Ways to Help People Who Can't Afford Lawyers

Almost four percent of more than 300,000 civil cases filed in Texas courts in 2015 involved plaintiffs or petitioners who didn't have an attorney, according to the Texas Office of Court Administration.
Almost four percent of more than 300,000 civil cases filed in Texas courts in 2015 involved plaintiffs or petitioners who didn't have an attorney, according to the Texas Office of Court Administration.

Every year, thousands of Texans who can't afford to hire attorneys take a go at handling their own civil cases. Ahead of the next legislative session, lawmakers and legal service providers are looking for ways to make the process easier. 

Keep Preteens Out of Juvenile System, Texas House Panel Told

Lauren Rose, director of Youth Justice Policy with Texans Care for Children, addresses the House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee in Dallas, Texas on September 7, 2016.
Lauren Rose, director of Youth Justice Policy with Texans Care for Children, addresses the House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee in Dallas, Texas on September 7, 2016.

Already facing calls to limit when teenagers are treated as adults in the criminal justice system, Texas lawmakers next year may also see legislation trying to keep preteens from being shunted into the juvenile justice system.