Restorative Justice

In response to crime, we seek mercy in order to achieve restitution, protect the common good, deter offenses, and rehabilitate offenders.

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We publish brief summaries of the specific reforms in state law that we seek. Learn more below.

Death Penalty

We call upon Texas to protect society in a way that recognizes the dignity of every person; for this reason, we oppose capital punishment.

Bail Reform

About 60 percent of Texas prisoners have not received a trial. Pre-trial detention should be used to protect our communities, not imprison the poor.

State Jails

About two-thirds of prisoners released from Texas State Jails are re-arrested in 3 years. We can do more to uphold justice and discourage crime.

Raise the Age

Under current Texas law, adult criminal responsibility begins at 17 years old; we support raising this to 18 years.

Second Look

About 4,300 Texas prisoners were given lengthy sentences for crimes they committed as a juvenile. Some deserve an opportunity for parole.

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Legislative Agenda

Our work to improve state law is guided by Catholic teaching and statewide ministry.
There are eight topics on our legislative agenda:

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