News Category: social justice


Michele Deitch: COVID-19 Data for Prisons, Jails and Juvenile Facilities

March 29, 2021

There is a troubling lack of transparency about data regarding the spread, toll and management of COVID-19 in state prisons, local jails and state-run juvenile facilities, according to a new report from CHASP Faculty Fellow and LBJ School of Public Affairs criminal justice expert Michele Deitch at The University of Texas at Austin. Read more.

Michele Deitch to Serve on Urban Institute Advisory Board to Transform Prisons

Oct. 22, 2019

Prisons in America affect millions of lives, not just those who live and work there, but the families who are left behind. They consume a meaningful share of state budgets, house over 1.3 million people, and employ over 200,000 corrections officers in state-run correctional institutions. Yet despite the scale and impact of prisons, they are among the least transparent and most understudied public institutions in our country.

Dr. Stephen Russell Op-Ed: Supporting LGBTQ students can lead to safer, stronger schools for all

Sept. 4, 2019

A new school year can be an exciting time — new clothes or uniforms, new school supplies and new possibilities with teachers and friends. But it can also be a difficult time for some. Schools are not always safe and supportive for LGBTQ students. Research, including studies of students here in Texas, consistently shows that LGBTQ students are at higher risk for bullying, feeling bad about themselves and not doing well in school. Read more.

Perspectives Blog > Access to Reproductive Health Care in Texas: Rosie’s Law and the Hyde Amendment

April 22, 2019

Access to Reproductive Health Care in Texas: Rosie’s Law and the Hyde Amendment.  By Marjorie Crowell, Center for Health and Social Policy AmbassadorAccess to reproductive health care in Texas is an issue for many living in the state.

Perspectives Blog > Reproductive Justice for Incarcerated Texans

April 15, 2019

Reproductive Justice for Incarcerated Texans.  By Sarah Gonzalez Claytor, Center for Health and Social Policy AmbassadorSpoiled milk. Too-thin mattresses. Shackling. Stillbirths. These are some of the appalling examples of neglect and lack of dignity that pregnant people face in jails and prisons around the country and right here in Texas.

Perspectives Blog > Detaining Immigrant Youth: Disability Rights at the Border

April 3, 2019

Detaining Immigrant Youth: Disability Rights at the Border.  By Lynn Murphy, Center for Health and Social Policy AmbassadorThe past year has brought heightened attention to the treatment of immigrant children at the U.S. border, as the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy meant separating families at the border and detaining children. The administration’s policies of detainment continue to pose a threat to immigrants, particularly children with disabilities, who often require specialized services and treatment.

Perspectives Blog > Universities are Battleground for Trump Administration Directives on Transgender Students

March 12, 2019

Universities are Battleground for Trump Administration Directives on Transgender Students. By Megan Kruse, Center for Health and Social Policy AmbassadorUniversities are tasked with enforcing Title IX, which states "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Under the Obama Administration, the scope of Title IX was broadened.

Perspectives Blog > The Business of Criminalizing Immigrants

Feb. 12, 2019

The Business of Criminalizing Immigrants​. By Jade Vasquez, Center for Health and Social Policy Ambassador. ​In the week before the 2018 midterm elections, Trump told a crowd of Wisconsin supporters, “As we speak, the Democrat [sic] Party is openly encouraging caravan after caravan of illegal aliens to violate our laws and break into our country.” The President isn’t the first to try to turn fears of criminality to tangible gain; past presidents, CEOs and investors in the private prison industry have been doing it for decades.

Perspectives Blog > Jails: Texas’ Largest Mental Health Institutions

Jan. 25, 2019

Jails: Texas’ Largest Mental Health Institutions. By Emma Nye, Center for Health and Social Policy Ambassador. ​If you looked into Texas jails any day in 2015, you would find between 12,000 and 16,000 people with mental health disorders – between about 6.5% and 7.4% of the total Texas prison population. That may not sound like a lot, but it means that Texas jails have become the largest mental health institutions in the state.

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