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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) advances solutions and builds coalitions to end mass incarceration and foster safer Texas communities. TCJC engages in: comprehensive research on needed reforms and best practices; data analysis and the production of data-driven reports and fact sheets; coalition-building with local, state, and national groups, as well as system-impacted people; and tailored messaging and education with lawmakers, corrections system practitioners, system-impacted people and families, the larger public, and the media.

TCJC’s Youth Justice project advocates for local- and state-level solutions that will reduce the number of kids entering youth or adult prisons, keep more kids closer to home and address their underlying needs in the least restrictive setting, improve conditions for kids in confinement through trauma-informed care, and create paths to redemption so kids have a meaningful opportunity to reach their potential.


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.


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