Here are the top criminal justice stories in Texas in 2016.
In late November, the first such case in Texas, contracted by mosquito bite, was reported out of Cameron County.
The four women were sent to prison in the late 1990s on charges of sexually assaulting two young girls.
“Comply, then complain” and similar phrases could become all too familiar to Texas’ newest drivers, as lawmakers work this week to push two solutions to the rift between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.
More than a year after state lawmakers told it to stop incarcerating so many teenagers, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department has diverted 52 juvenile offenders to local programs for help and rehabilitation instead of shipping them to state lockups.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout.
Within hours of the recent ambush killings of five Dallas police officers — and again 10 days later, when three Baton Rouge officers were killed — messages of respect and support for law enforcement coursed through the nation’s social media, filled the airwaves and prompted countless press releases.
President Barack Obama and his predecessor, former President George W. Bush, on Tuesday will lead the nation in a memorial service mourning the deaths of five Dallas police officers at the hands of a sniper who used a Black Lives Matter protest to launch an ambush on law enforcement.
In the year since her arrest and death in Waller County, Sandra Bland has powered the push for criminal justice reforms in Texas. The impact her case will have during the next legislative session remains to be seen, but activists, law enforcement officials, policymakers and analysts – people often at odds – all predict that her death will move legislation on mental health and criminal justice.