Criminal Justice

May 2016

Criminal Debt Collection Project

In May 2016, the Justice Center convened stakeholder conversations on Class C fines and fees, bringing together municipal and justice of the peace judges, state officials, and advocates. The first convening discussed existing practices for the assessment and collection of court fines and fees in Class C proceedings and considered potential statutory and regulatory changes that could promote access to justice and fair outcomes for all Class C defendants regardless of their income. In the second convening, speakers shared their insights on current court practices around the state that serve as potential models for reform.

group photo of Helen Gaebler with students

2012-2013

Expunction and Non-Disclosure Project

A study on how criminal records are maintained, disseminated, and utilized in background checks in Texas. The Justice Center has continued its work in this area, creating community expunction and non-disclosure pro bono legal clinics staffed by law students and attorneys, and providing significant research support to the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable.