Right on Crime published this blog post on the Texas House Corrections Committee's new interim report. See Grits coverage of that document here, here, and here.
Forfeiture target of property-rights push
Efforts are ramping up on the right to require criminal convictions for asset forfeiture in Texas. See coverage from the Texas Observer, Hot Air, the Dallas Observer, and Legal Insurrection. Go here to ask your Texas legislators to support these efforts.
Not all costs of failing to 'raise the age' come in budget
After Grits made the link on Monday, advocates and media in Houston and at the capitol invoked 17-year old Emmanuel Akueir's suicide in the Fort Bend County Jail as an argument for raising the age of adult criminal responsibility to 18. The Houston Chronicle coverage included an interview with his family. "'Emmanuel was a minor who was put with adults who've lived the criminal life and are well aware of right and wrong,' said sister Iman Akueir. 'He was a child and treated like an adult. There's no excuse about what happened. Children are children.'" Added an attorney at the capitol event: "'If we had passed this last session, that 17-year-old would not have been in that facility. So we're talking lives here. ... If you want to talk about costs, ask his parents about costs."