Texas Passes Landmark Law Requiring Treatment Instead Of Jail For Mentally Ill

The Sandra Bland Act mandates county jails divert people with mental health and substance abuse issues toward treatment and requires that independent law enforcement agencies investigate jail deaths. Continue reading

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Texas House Votes To Stop Jailing Those To Poor To Pay Fines

Senate Bill 1913, by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, would allow courts to ask defendants if they are too poor to pay for traffic tickets, fines for other low-level and fine-only offenses or court costs.

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Proposed Sandra Bland Act Would Change Processes For Police, Jails

The bill’s proposals include limiting police searches during stops, adding reporting requirements for racial profiling and creating an independent ombudsman to monitor inmates’ rights and services.

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