Prison http://kut.org en Study Shows Texans Support Changing How The State Punishes Drug Crimes http://kut.org/post/study-shows-texans-support-changing-how-state-punishes-drug-crimes <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new poll released this week shows Texans strongly support reforming how the state punishes non-violent drug offenses.</span> The <a href="http://www.texaspolicy.com/" target="_blank">Texas Public Policy Foundation</a>’s Center for Effective Justice polled over 1,000 people about how Texas currently punishes non-violent drug offenders with prison time vs. drug rehab and probation.&#160;&#160;<p>Marc Levin, the director for the Center for Effective Justice, said their study shows 84 percent of Texans support sending this group of people to drug rehab vs. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:19:06 +0000 Ryan Poppe 9340 at http://kut.org Study Shows Texans Support Changing How The State Punishes Drug Crimes Texas Youth Placed in Solitary Confinement More Than 36,000 Times Last Year http://kut.org/post/texas-youth-placed-solitary-confinement-more-36000-times-last-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Juvenile offenders in Texas were placed in solitary confinement 36,820 times last year. That’s according to state records obtained by the civil rights group called the </span><a href="http://www.texascjc.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.&nbsp;</a></p><p>“There’s been a lot of research about it, and the consensus seems to be that it’s pretty harmful for kids, especially kids with traumatic experience, or a kid who has a mental health concern,"&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Benet&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Magnuson</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a lawyer with the coalition.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"That’s actually most of the kids that we are talking about."</span></p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:26:54 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7455 at http://kut.org Texas Youth Placed in Solitary Confinement More Than 36,000 Times Last Year 26 Years Later: Exonerated Citizen Michael Morton Reflects http://kut.org/post/26-years-later-exonerated-citizen-michael-morton-reflects <p>Former Williamson County resident <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/interview-exonerated-after-25-years-michael-morton-tells-his-story">Michael Morton</a>&nbsp;was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife. Then 25 years later, <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/morton-released-east-texas-prison-after-25-years">he was freed</a> after DNA evidence showed he was not guilty.</p><p>Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Morton’s release. He spoke at the Texas Capitol about his experiences over the past 26 years, and the difficulties the Williamson County justice system presented in obtaining the evidence that eventually exonerated him. &nbsp;</p><p>Morton told the audience:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>The odd thing about it is that The Innocence Project was willing to say “Look. Texas statute allows this. We will pay for all the expenses.&nbsp; Just let us have it and we’ll do it." And for reasons that haven’t been elaborated on or maybe articulated, to mine or anyone else’s satisfaction that I’m aware of, is that they fought this. And fought this. And fought this.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 13:05:04 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5256 at http://kut.org 26 Years Later: Exonerated Citizen Michael Morton Reflects