Video of Fatal Shooting of Mentally Ill Man by Dallas Police Reignites Debate About Police Force

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Police shootings have never been far from the news headlines since the riots in Ferguson, MO last year. The fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer led to months of disturbances in Ferguson and the criminal justice system came under fire. In Dallas the shooting of Jason Harrison by police last year, is continuing …

Sarah KleinVideo of Fatal Shooting of Mentally Ill Man by Dallas Police Reignites Debate About Police Force
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Homicides Spike in Small Texas Town of Longview

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 A spate of homicides in a small Texas town has led to an upsurge in media attention and probing questions about the police department. Recently, the Dallas Morning News reported how the East Texas town of Longview has recorded six homicides in the first two months of the year, which exceeds the homicide rate in the …

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Justice Department Report Highlights Tainted Criminal Justice System in Ferguson

Monday, March 23, 2015A damning report into the way crime is handled in Ferguson, MO., has confirmed that not all local criminal justice systems are equal and some are riddled with bad practices. This month the Justice Department called on Ferguson, Mo., to “overhaul its criminal justice system, declaring that the city had engaged in so many constitutional violations that they could …

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Investigation Into Alleged Stolen Car Led to Officer Involved Shooting

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 A police operation of an alleged stolen car and monster truck ring has illustrated how a criminal investigation can quickly spiral. On Feb. 26, the Dallas Morning News reported how David Campbell, 57, from Hutchins in Dallas County was accused of stealing a monster truck from a Plano parking lot.  Police say he reported the stolen …

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Law Enforcement Agencies Promise Aggressive Round Up of Scofflaws

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Recently the Dallas Morning News reported on how some police office relish the chance to arrest scofflaws during the Great Texas Warrant Roundup “as if it were spring break.” The round-up targets offenders who have evaded low-level violations such as traffic citations. Although these violations do not carry heavy sentences if they are quickly processed, offenders …

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UT-Arlington Says Student Lied About Gun Threat on Campus

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Attacks on university campuses have made lurid headlines over the last few months, but they should not always be taken at face value. Recently, a UT-Arlington student who made a police report claiming she was threatened at gunpoint on campus admitted that she’d lied, a university spokeswoman said. The Dallas Morning News reported the UT-Arlington student …

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Cowboys Player Joseph Randle is Accused of Abuse

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 NFL players seem to spend a lot of time in the national spotlight over crimes they are alleged to have committed. Now Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has made the headlines after an ex-girlfriend issued a protective order against him. The ex-girlfriend of Randle has been granted a temporary protective order against him after saying in court …

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The Most Violent Cities in Texas are Revealed in FBI Crime Report

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Violent crime is seen as one of the biggest menaces to society, which is why rates for violent offenses make the most prominent headlines.  Recently, FBI data was released for 2013 that revealed Odessa had the highest violent crime rate out of 24 metropolitan areas in Texas last year. The West Texas city with a population …

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Supreme Court Rejects Death Row Appeal of Texas Man Who Killed Grandmother

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a first appeal of the conviction of a Texas man against his verdict and death sentence over the killing of a grandmother. Mark Anthony Soliz is on death row for killing a 61-year-old grandmother at her Johnson County home nearly five years ago. The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported on …

Sarah KleinSupreme Court Rejects Death Row Appeal of Texas Man Who Killed Grandmother

Outgoing Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Record on Criminal Justice

Tuesday, January 20, 2015   Rick Perry has been Texas’s longest serving governor. In 14 years in office he has changed the criminal justice system in a way that was not predicted when he first took office in 2001, according to commentators. Writing in the Texas Tribune, Terri Langford said Perry’s first budget as governor in 2001 “could have come …

Sarah KleinOutgoing Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Record on Criminal Justice