Updates

Federal Court Grants Injunction Against Dallas County Cash Bail System

Sept. 21, 2018

Attorneys from TFDP spent the days leading up to the preliminary injunction hearing inside the Dallas County Jail listening to the stories of people who were being held because they could not afford their money bail. In one case, we heard from a father whose family had to choose whether to pay rent and buy food or bail him out of jail.

For more on the case, including a link to yesterday's opinion, click here.

TFDP Clients Discuss License Suspensions

Aug. 27, 2018

This Texas Tribune article discusses license suspensions and denials for unpaid fines, fees, and surcharges. Two of the people TFDP has assisted at Austin's License Reclamation Clinics discuss their experiences with the Driver Responsibility Program and the Failure to Appear/Pay program.

Tennessee License Decision Has Implications for Texas

July 9, 2018

Read this joint blog post by TFDP's Emily Gerrick and Texas Appleseed's Mary Mergler on the landmark ruling from a federal district court in Tennessee that found the state's driver's license suspension program unconstitutional. 

TFDP Holds Driver's License Recovery Clinic with Austin Municipal Court and UT Law

June 23, 2018

Staff Attorney Karly Dixon said of the clinics: "We want people to drive their kids to school without fear, to be able to go to work, to have better jobs, and all of those things are possible with a valid driver's license." 

Austin Public Safety Commission Considers Repeal of Three Ordinances Criminalizing Homelessness

TFDP's staff attorney Emily Gerrick is featured in this piece from the Austin Monitor talking about our work to end anti-homeless ordinances.

Ending Austin's Criminalization of Homelessness

April 20, 2018

More from the Austin Chronicle on TFDP's advocacy to end the criminalization of homelessness in Austin as part of a coalition of activists. 

The Latest on the Harris County Bail Lawsuit​ ​

April 14, 2018

TFDP's Susanne Pringle discusses the litigation in the Reasonably Suspicious podcast from criminal justice policy blog Grits for Breakfast.

TFDP calls for repeal of Austin ordinances criminalizing homelessness​

April 3, 2018

TFPD's Annette Price spoke at the Tuesday Rally to End the Criminalization of Homelessness: "Don’t push the homeless people further into debt. This is doing a disservice to humanity."

Learn more:

Fact Sheet on Austin's ordinances

TFDP's Advocacy Helps Get Bad Judges off the Bench

Feb. 27, 2018

Read about it in The Austin American Statesman:

Panel: Five Austin municipal judges should come off the bench

TFDP staff attorney Emily Gerrick was involved in the review process. “You need judges who treat people with respect and are compassionate and make bail decisions based on whether someone was a threat, whether they are a flight risk and their ability to pay,” Gerrick said.

Historic Victory from the 5th Circuit in Harris County Money Bail Case!

Feb. 15, 2018

TFDP is thrilled that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals largely upheld judge Rosenthal's ruling, reaffirming that Harris County's discriminatory money bail system is unconstitutional. As counties across Texas reconsider their own pretrial practices, we urge them to consider this historic decision that was handed down by one of the most conservative courts in the US. It is time to eliminate the two-tiered system of justice that detains the poor while allowing more affluent people to purchase their freedom. Read about it here and here

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