Criminal Justice

We believe that people who have been directly affected by incarceration, together with their families, should lead the movement for change in Texas. That’s why we offer intensive community organizing trainings, designed to build on the expertise, experience, and powerful commitment of our members. Graduates of our training become members of our action network where we put our training into practice and advance our mission to end the criminalization of our communities.

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After over a year of community pressure led by the #HomesNotHandcuffs coalition, Austin City Council voted on June 21 to end the criminalization of homelessness in our city! But, our work doesn't end here.

It's time to end the racist drug war in Travis County. People of color are disproportionately arrested for low-level drug possession, crowding our jail and hurting families. Meanwhile, our community lacks access to substance use treatment options and our county officials would rather build a new jail than invest in public health alternatives to incarceration. We have to do better.

This Texas Legislative session, rather than focusing on ways to incarcerate, we are demanding that our legislators focus on ways to liberate the community. Our legislative priorities include promoting public health approaches to drug use; ending the criminalization to poverty; repealing policies that create second class status for people with criminal history; and dramatically changing parole and probation for juveniles and adults in Texas.

Being arrested or having a loved one arrested can be traumatic.

Participatory Defense is a program developed and created by families of Silicon Valley De-Bug’s Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project. It is a community organizing model for people facing charges, their families, and communities to impact the outcome of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system.

Grassroots Leadership and Texas Advocates for Justice are leading the movement to empower families to advocate for their loved ones who have been entangled in the criminal justice system.