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See the various issues on which NACDL has conducted criminal justice advocacy in Texas.
NACDL opposed an executive order in Texas to restrict mechanisms of release and suspend speedy trial protections.
Find training materials and resources to assist attorneys in providing high quality representation as part of the Texas Counsel At First Appearance (CAFA) Project.
Policies and rulings on lengthy imprisonment terms in Texas.
Review Texas pretrial statutes, case law, and practices, and gain new insights and practice points, in order to best advocate for your client. [Released May 2020]
NACDL's work on pretrial advocacy in Harris County, Texas highlighted by the publication of the Harris County Bail Manual. [Released December 2018]
Coalition letter to Governor Greg Abbott, of Texas, regarding his executive order (GA-13) refusing to allow release of inmates from state detention facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information on the policy and history of recording custodial interrogations in Texas.
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Suggested questions when interviewing a client pretrial. Featured as Appendix A in the Texas Bail Manual (May 2020).
Attorney-client communications federal caselaw and state-specific anecdotal data in Texas
Presented by Bonnie Hoffman, Director of Public Defense Reform and Training, NACDL
Supported by a grant awarded by Arnold Ventures to the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School and the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University
Suggested questions when interviewing a client pretrial. Featured as Appendix E in the Harris County Bail Manual (December 2018).
Summary of recent discovery reforms adopted by states