Filed by Texas Appleseed and Disability Rights Texas. OPENING PARAGRAPH: Dear Mr. Rosenbaum, We are writing to inform you of recurrent, systemic problems in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s (TJJD) five state secure facilities that violate federal Constitutional standards as well as jeopardize the health, safety, and rehabilitation of young people. We are aware of these problems through visits to the facilities, reports from the Office of the Independent Ombudsman (OIO), open records requests to TJJD and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and direct communication with TJJD-involved young people and families. This complaint details the following issues: ● Inability to ensure safety of young people (ex. staff turnover, reports of safety issues, and excessive restraints); ● Abuse, including sexual victimization, within the facilities (sex abuse, inappropriate use of force, etc.); ● Inadequate mental health care; and ● Over-reliance on short-term security and lack of programming for youth in security (segregation).
Letter concerning the needs of homeless students during the COVID-19 pandemic as school commences. Sent by Texas Appleseed, Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), and Disability Rights Texas.
A letter from Texas Organizing Project, Texas Appleseed, and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition to the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees in support of its proposed suspension ban. We applaud the DISD Board of Trustees for opening the discussion of a K-12 suspension ban, and our letter also offered our recommendations for policies and practices.


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