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September 2, 2016

Top 10 Stories of the Summer of 2016

It may not feel like it yet outside, but summer is nearly over. And what a summer it’s been. Can’t remember everything that happened but want to reminisce? No problem, that’s what we’re here for. We’ve rounded up the biggest stories we covered this summer...
May 24, 2016
Voter ID Laws in Texas

Full 5th Circuit Court Hears Texas Voter ID Case

Today, the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Texas' voter ID case. The law has been in and out of the courts for almost five years now, with multiple judges declaring it unconstitutional. However, after the Supreme Court struck down...
May 18, 2016

New Report Spotlights Texas' Judicial Vacancy Crisis

In Texas, 12 of our federal court seats don't have a judge - far more than any other state in the country. Nine of those vacancies qualify as "emergency vacancies" - which means the delays are of extraordinary length and creating a back-up in the courts...
April 1, 2016
President Obama's Criminal Justice Reform

Obama Commutes Sentences for 61 Nonviolent Offenders

President Obama commuted sentences for 61 nonviolent offenders this week, proving yet again his serious commitment to criminal justice reform. Since President Obama took office, he has issued more commutations - cutting short a person's time in prison -...
March 31, 2016
Twenty Years of Empty Seats in Texas' Federal Courts

Twenty Years of Empty Seats in Texas' Federal Courts

Ed. note: the following is cross-posted from the Texas Research Institute . Texas has eleven empty seats in its federal courts . That’s more vacancies than any other state in the country, and a new court vacancy will come up on May 1. When you add the...
March 14, 2016

Texas Marijuana Policy Reform 101

During our SXSW marijuana panel, we announced a new study on the economic impact of marijuana laws in every Texas county. You can donate to the study at .