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House Bill 166, Which Addresses Wrongful Convictions, Passes Texas House

On Wednesday, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 166 which addresses the growing trend of wrongful convictions in Texas. Named after Timothy Cole who served 13 years in prison for a rape he did not commit, the “Tomothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission” is a  nine-member commission which investigates wrongful convictions for the purpose of singling out the core causes of exonerations. The goal of the commission is to identify problems in the criminal justice system and patterns of prosecutorial misconduct.   Research shows that the number of wrongfulRead More

Congress Changes Cocaine Sentencing Laws

Although it deals more with Federal sentences and this website is primarily a Texas site, it is still important to keep in mind the mind set of the authorities. Although it will have minimal, or no, effect on Texas parole laws, the House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that will change the disparity between sentencing for powdered cocaine and crack. Many had complained that the difference in sentencing for the two drugs had little justification in fact, and resulted in a greater number of African Americans being incarcerated, sinceRead More