October 2019 Archives

The problems with community service sentencing

For some people in Texas, community service sentencing seems to provide an alternative to harsh jail time or hefty fines that many criminal defendants cannot afford. Community service is often touted as a humane alternative that poses fewer restrictions for people convicted of smaller offenses, often misdemeanors. However, a study by UCLA's Labor Center and School of Law indicates that community service sentencing can also exacerbate some of the existing problems of the criminal justice system, especially for people with low incomes and communities of color. The study examined 5,000 cases between 2013 and 2014 when people were sentenced to community service.

Study finds more people detained, convicted

Texas residents who are detained and convicted of even minor crimes may find a reduction in their earnings over a lifetime. According to a study that appeared in Crime and Delinquency, even though overall crime is on the decline, young people today are more likely to be taken into custody and convicted than in previous generations.

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