HB 1389 Passes! NOW To Senate
On Tuesday HB 1389, a bill that would allow judges to sentence defendants who are primary caretakers to community supervision or deferred adjudication, passed out of the House and is now in the Texas Senate.
What this bill allows for is a kind of probation that would let a conviction be dropped if an individual completes the program. This legislation helps to keep families together.
For more on this, read: Multiple bills filed this session aim to address deficiencies in women's prisons
Here is the statement from Lauren Johnson, Criminal Justice Outreach Coordinator for ACLU of TX on the passage of this bill in the House:
“The Texas House of Representatives is putting families first in passing House Bill 1389,” said Lauren Johnson, smart justice outreach coordinator for the ACLU of Texas. “Too many women lose their children as a result of short prison sentences when they could have been better served under community supervision to allow families to stay together. With this legislation, we have an opportunity to positively impact families touched by the criminal justice system, instead of simply warehousing parents. We urge the Texas Senate to follow in these footsteps and take a chance on Texas families.”
We thank Rep. Senfronia Thompson for authoring this bill and Rep. James White and Rep. Alma Allen for co-authoring it. Now the journey begins in the Senate...
ACTION for 3/28/2019:
Contact your Senator and tell them you hope they'll join you in supporting HB 1389 as it makes it's way through the Senate!
Let's work to keep families together so we can better serve primary caretakers who enter the criminal justice system as well as their children.
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