Our Broken System

Our criminal justice system is broken — not just here in Travis County, but across the country. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rates in the world. Although our country is home to only 5 percent of the world’s population, it is home to 21 percent of the world’s prisoners.


This is not justice.


Our criminal justice system is not only broken because of the sheer amount of people it forces to live in cages, it is also broken because of who it forces to live in cages:

 
 
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in the united states…

Black and Latino folks makeup over 50% of our national jail population. 

 
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in the united states…

but only 32% of the national population.

 
 

Our criminal justice system today is locking up our future for tomorrow and generations to come.


This is not justice.


 
 
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in travis county, texas…

Black folks make up just 9% of the total population.

 
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in travis county, texas…

But they make up 25% of our jail population. 

 
 

On top of that, the majority of our resources are spent locking-up people struggling with substance abuse and our DA’s office has not reduced the number of people we send to prison.


This is not justice.


 
 
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in travis county, texas…

Over 70% of people sitting in our jail have not been convicted of a crime.

 
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in 2017…

the DA’s office prosecuted only one rape case out of approximately 1,000.

 
 

The research is clear: prisons do not reduce recidivism. In fact, rehabilitation programs run outside of prisons consistently outperform those run in prison when it comes to keeping people out of jail.  

That’s not all - right here in Travis Co., systemic failures within the DA’s office have denied justice to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. In 2017, the DA’s office prosecuted only one rape case out of approximately 1,000 sexual assault allegations brought to the office. That is not justice.

 
 
 
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