are for veterans facing criminal charges. These programs are designed to provide judicially supervised services to address the special needs of veterans.
I support expansion of these programs throughout Texas.
A significant cause of recidivism is that persons with mental illness do not get the therapy and treatment needed. This is especially true in our county jails and State Prisons. I feel that Mental Health Diversion Programs can help address these problems.
I believe that people who have successfully finished their criminal sentences should have their ability to find a job, vote, and be productive in society restored -- quickly.
People who are unable to afford to hire a lawyer should have competent representation in Court and on Appeal. Our Texas Indigent Defense Commission should be given authority to guarantee appointment of competent lawyers who act independently without worrying about judicial favoritism.
All Courts in Texas should be open to the public for viewing. Absent a need for confidentiality of certain proceedings such as those involving children, the public should have access through web-cams or other media to see which courts are working. Courts belong to the people, not the elected judge.