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Solutions for Youth Justice, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

1714 Fortview Road, Suite 104
Austin, TX 78704

Phone: 512-441-8123     
Fax: 512-441-4884
Web: www.TexasCJC.org
Twitter: @TexasCJC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TexasCJC

Leah Pinney, Executive Director
Email: lpinney@texasCJC.org

Organization Profile

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) identifies and advances real solutions to the problems facing Texas’ juvenile and criminal justice systems. They conduct policy research and analysis, form effective partnerships, and educate key stakeholders to promote effective management, accountability, and best practices that increases public safety, save taxpayers’ dollars, and preserves human and civil rights.

TCJC’s Solutions for Youth Justice project advocates for juvenile justice policy solutions that maximize opportunities for troubled youth to become productive, law-abiding adults. They promote increased resources for community based alternatives to incarceration, treatment for substance abuse and mental health problems, and pathways for successful re-entry.


Texas Appleseed

1609 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78731

Phone: 512-473-2800  
Fax: 512-473-2813
Web: www.texasappleseed.net
Twitter: @TexasAppleseed

Deborah Fowler
Phone: 512-473-2800
Email: dfowler@texasappleseed.net

Brett Merfish
Email: bmerfish@texasappleseed.net 

Organization Profile
Texas Appleseed's mission is to promote social and economic justice and champion the rights of the most vulnerable, including children and youth. Part of an Appleseed network of public interest law centers in 17 states and Mexico City, Texas Appleseed leverages the skills and resources of volunteer lawyers and other professionals to identify practical solutions to broad-based problems.

Texas Appleseed has historically been involved in a range of juvenile justice issues, from helping raise the bar for legal representation of juveniles—including those with mental disabilities  — to championing their treatment in Texas Youth Commission secure facilities, to successfully advocating in 2011 for a major restructuring of the state’s juvenile justice system to emphasize community-based treatment over incarceration.

Appleseed’s involvement in juvenile justice also inspired a multi-year project to find ways to prevent a history of school disciplinary problems from creating a pathway to future incarceration. Texas Appleseed has published three extensive reports on the school-to-prison pipeline—examining student suspension, expulsion, alternative school placement, and Class C misdemeanor ticketing for student misconduct and their impact on school dropout and future juvenile justice system involvement

Texas Appleseed also participated in the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center study (2011), Breaking School Rules, definitively documenting the disproportionate impact of school suspension and expulsion on minority and special education students.


Texans Care for Children

1106 Clayton Lane #111w
Austin, TX 78723

Phone: 512-473-2274     
Fax: 512-473-2173
Email: info@txchildren.org
Web: www.texanscareforchildren.org
Twitter: @putkids1st

Lauren Rose
Director of Youth Justice Policy

Email: lrose@txchildren.org

Organization Profile

Texans Care for Children reshapes public policies and bring Texans together to make children a statewide priority. We work so kids can have what they need to be healthy, secure, and thriving and so every Texan can have the best start to life. A nonpartisan child advocacy organization for more than 25 years, we are home-grown in Texas. Our work makes us the leading policy voice for Texas children, advocating and changing the policies that affect kids; source on Texas children, informing the public and state leaders through research and sharing; and network for people who put children first, convening the Texans seeking improvements for children. Our mission is to better the lives of all Texas children by building commitment and action for improved public policy and programs. We do this work focusing on five areas: child and maternal health, child protection, child mental wellbeing, juvenile justice, and family financial security.

Texans Care hosts the Juvenile Justice Roundtable in partnership with the Juvenile Law Section of the Texas State Bar. The Roundtable is open to all who wish to be part of the process of bringing more promising juvenile justice solutions to Texas. Its mission is to create an effective juvenile justice system that practices prevention and rehabilitation and offers opportunities for youth to succeed, thereby supporting strong and safe communities. Roundtable activities include:

  • Legislative and administrative advocacy for continued systemic reforms;
  • Monthly meetings to share information;
  • Public education events, such as legislative briefings, forums, and panels;
  • Recommendations for inclusion in agencies' legislative appropriations requests; and
  • Coordination of legislative campaigns.
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