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Rob Crow

On the heels of a federal ruling slamming Harris County for its bail practices, civil rights lawyers have now set their sights on a county with a similar system: Dallas.

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Dallas County officials are beginning to overhaul their bond system to allow inmates to be released based on their risk level to the public instead of their ability to pay a bond.

From Texas Standard:

Texas’ reputation as a law-and-order state often overshadows the fact that the state leads the nation in some aspects of criminal justice reform. But that reform carries a rather high price tag – one that might be greater than what many lawmakers initially imagined.

Texas Inmate Beard Policy Will Not Cost Taxpayers Extra

Aug 11, 2015
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Taxpayers will not have to bear the costs of a new beard policy for inmates after all.

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In Tarrant County, some employers are choosing to hire workers who’ve just gotten out of prison.  They’re taking part in a program that gives ex-offenders a second chance at life, while businesses get eager employees.

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For years, sheriffs and disability rights groups have complained about the lack of treatment for the growing number of mentally ill inmates in Texas. Now, state legislators are considering a bill that would allow private companies to offer mental health services to inmates.