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November 2017 Archives

Drug citation and release program set to begin

People may be interested to learn that a program that could eliminate jail time for some Dallas residents who are accused of marijuana possession was set to go into effect on Dec. 1. However, they should remain aware that marijuana is still illegal in both the City of Dallas and the entire state of Texas.

Study finds that black men get longer prison sentences

Texas residents may be interested to learn that African-American males serve longer sentences than white males, even when the crimes committed are the same. According to a study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, sentences for black men were 19.1 percent longer than the sentences of white male prisoners between the years of 2012 and 2016.

2 facing charges for 272 pounds of marijuana

On Nov. 1, Texas authorities reported that 272 pounds of marijuana was found during a traffic stop in Hidalgo County. According to the criminal complaint, a state trooper conducted the stop at about 5:46 p.m., pulling over a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that had windows that were tinted more than the legally allowed 25 percent.

County approves program for first-time marijuana offenders

While the recreational use of marijuana remains illegal in Texas, a number of municipalities and counties in the Lone Star State have introduced measures that significantly reduce the penalties faced by those found to be in possession of small quantities of the drug. El Paso County's First Chance Program, which was unanimously approved by county commissioners on Oct. 30, is the latest such initiative, and it allows first-time offenders to avoid jail time and the consequences of having a criminal record.

Study: Prosecutors may use race to determine plea offers

Despite the fact that black people in Texas aren't more likely than white individuals to commit crimes, they are arrested in disproportionate numbers. In addition to the problem of racial profiling by the police, a new study reveals that the disparate treatment of black criminal defendants also extends further into the criminal justice system after their arrests.

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