Despite calls for criminal justice reform, will Texas lawmakers add new crimes to the books?
Nov 27, 2020
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas District & County Attorneys Association, an advocacy group for prosecutors across the state, quipped on Twitter last week about state lawmakers’ effort to address criminal justice reform.
“Some things never change” was followed by a shrugging emoticon.
The TDCAA noted that out of the more than 800 bills filed ahead of the upcoming legislative session, 33 bills would create one or more new crimes, and 17 bills would increase the punishments for existing crimes, despite the expressed focus on criminal justice reform by many lawmakers.