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Freedom Cities Report Reveals APD Failure to Comply with Policies

Austin, TX -- Austin’s Freedom City Policies went into effect on November 1, 2018 to reduce discretionary arrests for citation-eligible offenses and racial disparities in arrests overall. Last Friday, August 9, 2019, the Austin Police Department (APD) issued its second round of quarterly reports covering the April - June timeframe as required by the Policies. In response, a coalition of community groups issued the following statement:  Read more about Freedom Cities Report Reveals APD Failure to Comply with Policies

Travis County Commissioners vote on public defender office budget and oversight board

Members of the Indigent Legal Services Working Group outside the Commissioners Court, May 7, 2019

AUSTIN, Tex. — Earlier today, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted on two items related to the establishment of a public defender office. The first item establishes an oversight board composed of community members and those involved in the criminal justice system while the second item lays out the budget that cuts funds from the initial proposal for 24/7 magistration and four full-time staff critical to the success of a public defender office, including an immigration attorney. 

The following is a statement by Grassroots Leadership in response to this vote: Read more about Travis County Commissioners vote on public defender office budget and oversight board

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