Tribpedia: Criminal Justice

Gov. Rick Perry addresses media at a press conference following the unveiling of his official portrait at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016
Gov. Rick Perry addresses media at a press conference following the unveiling of his official portrait at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016

Rick Perry throws support behind bills to reform criminal justice in Texas

In a Houston Chronicle op-ed, Perry endorsed two measures moving through the Texas Legislature: one that would seal certain offenders' records and another that seeks to make the grand jury process more fair.

State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, talks about the Sandra Bland Act, which would reform interactions between jailers and inmates with mental health issues on May 11, 2017.  The bill passed unanimously in the Senate. 
<p>State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, talks about the Sandra Bland Act, which would reform interactions between jailers and inmates with mental health issues on May 11, 2017. &nbsp;The bill passed unanimously in the Senate.&nbsp;</p>

Texas Senate passes Sandra Bland Act

The bill would mandate that county jails divert people with mental health and substance abuse issues toward treatment, make it easier for defendants with a mental illness or intellectual disability to receive a personal bond and require that independent law enforcement agencies investigate jail deaths.

State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, in the Speaker's Committee Room at the Capitol on May 10, 2017.
<p><span>State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, in the Speaker's Committee Room at the Capitol on May 10, 2017.</span></p>

Rep. Dutton: If "raise the age" bill dies in Senate, I'll kill Senate bills

As a House bill that would raise the age of criminal responsibility from 17 to 18 languishes in the Senate in the final weeks of the legislative session, the bill's author promises "a funeral" for Senate bills if his bill dies.

State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, gives closing arguments on House Bill 122, which would raise the age of criminal responsibility in Texas from 17 to 18. The House passed the bill 92-52 on April 20, 2017.
<p>State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, gives closing arguments on House Bill 122, which would raise the age of criminal responsibility in Texas from 17 to 18. The House passed the bill 92-52 on April 20, 2017.</p>

House passes bill to raise age of criminal responsibility from 17 to 18

The "Raise the Age" bill, would move 17-year-old offenders from the adult criminal justice system to its juvenile justice counterpart beginning 2021.

A Houston police officer on the scene in a west Houston neighborhood where a gunman with an assault rifle shot one man and injured six before being killed by a SWAT officer on May 29, 2016.&nbsp;
<p><span>A Houston police officer on the scene in a west Houston neighborhood where a gunman with an assault rifle shot one man and injured six before being killed by a SWAT officer on May 29, 2016.&nbsp;</span></p>

Texas House panel approves bill to pay for bulletproof vests for police

Senate Bill 12 would create a grant program that would pay for bulletproof vests for all patrol officers in Texas.