Criminal Justice

U.S. Department of Justice investigating abuse, mistreatment at Texas’ juvenile lockups

Posted on · The department says it’s looking into whether the Texas Juvenile Justice Department provides “reasonable protection from physical and sexual abuse by staff and other residents, excessive use of chemical restraints and excessive use of isolation.”

Immigration

Migrants arrested by Texas in border crackdown are being imprisoned for weeks without legal help or formal charges

Posted on · Defense attorneys have started asking courts to set migrants free because local justice systems, overwhelmed by arrests under Gov. Greg Abbott's border security push, are routinely violating state law and constitutional due process rights.

Criminal Justice

Relatives Of Texans Killed By Police Hope Derek Chauvin’s Conviction Will Advance The State’s George Floyd Act

Posted on · “If this doesn’t push it, we don’t know what will,” says Debbie Bush. She has been fighting for greater accountability for police violence since her nephew was shot in the back by a San Antonio officer seven years ago.

Energy & Environment

Texas Leaders Failed To Heed Warnings That Left The State’s Power Grid Vulnerable To Winter Extremes, Experts Say

Posted on · Texas officials knew winter storms could leave the state’s power grid vulnerable, but they left the choice to prepare for harsh weather up to the power companies — many of which opted against the costly upgrades. That, plus a deregulated energy market largely isolated from the rest of the country’s power grid, left the state alone to deal with the crisis, experts said.