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Public News Service - TX: Criminal Justice

The Texas Attorney General has formed a new unit to assist law-enforcement agencies with human-trafficking crimes. (southernfried/morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is putting some legal muscle behind current efforts to combat human trafficking in the state. The Texas Attorney General's office has formed a new unit tasked with reducing both labor and sex trafficking and prosecuting the perpetrators. Attorney General Ken Paxton says the

Texas is one of the last remaining states in the nation to allow indefinite solitary confinement as punishment. (AlexRaths/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is one of only 10 states that allows juvenile justice centers to use solitary confinement indefinitely to punish children, according to a new report. The survey by the national law firm Lowenstein Sandler found 21 states now prohibit punitive isolation and 20 others impose ti

It is Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week, and military veterans with civil-law concerns won't have to look far for justice. Credit: southernfried/morguefile

DALLAS – You might say this entire week is Veterans Day for current and former service members in Texas who have legal questions. Through Friday (Nov. 13), local bar associations, law schools and some private attorneys across the state are volunteering their time to advise veterans on matters

Women who went on a hunger strike to win their freedom from a detention center outside of Austin are facing retaliation by ICE agents, according to an immigrants rights group. Credit: PhanuwatNandee/iStockphoto

AUSTIN, Texas – Detained women seeking asylum in the U.S., who launched a hunger strike last week, are facing retaliation from ICE agents, according to the advocacy group Grassroots Leadership. Cristina Parker, who directs the group's immigration programs, says some strikers have been placed

According to a new report on charter schools, the public doesn't have sufficient access to key information about how federal and state taxes are being spent. Credit: Paul Reid/iStockphoto.

AUSTIN, Texas – U.S. taxpayers have invested more than $3.7 billion in charter schools over the last two decades, but according to a new report from the Center for Media and Democracy, the public has been kept mostly in the dark as to how that money is spent. Sandy Theis is executive director

Faith-based communities are marching to keep the pope's call for globalizing compassion and cooperation alive in south Texas and across the nation. Credit: Rrodrickbeiler/iStockphoto
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AUSTIN, Texas - When Pope Francis called for the globalization of compassion and cooperation, 100 women from across the U.S. marched 100 miles to the nation's capital to amplify that message during the pontiff's recent visit and they're still marching. This past Sunday, faith-based activists in so

According to a new poll, 74 percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with marijuana should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine. Credit: Jan Havlicek/iStockphoto.

AUSTIN, Texas – Seventy-four percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with pot should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine, according to a new poll conducted by The Texas Lyceum. Heather Fazio, Texas political director with the Marijuana Policy Pro

Civil rights groups are calling on the Irving Independent School District to reverse the suspension of a student for bringing a homemade digital clock to school. Credit: Irving Independent School District.

IRVING, Texas – Civil rights groups are calling on the Irving Independent School District to reverse the suspension of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old boy who arrived at school on Monday excited to show his teachers a digital clock he made – but was taken away hours later in handcuffs. Edw

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