Haley Holik, J.D.

Criminal Justice

Texas Legislature could restore justice through Grand Jury reform

During the 2015 legislative session, Texas lawmakers made some changes to the State’s grand jury system. A major change included ending the controversial “pick-a-pal” system, which was criticized for allowing people with conflicting interests to be tapped as jurors. When lawmakers returned to Austin in 2017, grand jury reform bills that would have protected against overzealous prosecution ran out of...

July 31, 2018
Criminal Justice

When it comes to juvenile justice, family involvement is best for kids and communities

    Gov. Greg Abbott recently called for significant changes to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, noting the agency faces long-term problems that require legislative action. The current model for state youth lockups is not working, and reports of sexual misconduct and violent behavior by employees at these facilities has filled the news cycle for months. As the conversation turns to solutions,...

March 5, 2018