Overview

The many issues on which we work are united by the goal of greater justice. When justice is beyond reach, Texas Appleseed provides the ladder.

Bail Reform

Almost three-fourths of the individuals held in Texas county jails have not been convicted of any crime but are being detained before trial, usually because they cannot afford the bond amount set in More »

Debtors' Prisons

The concept of a debtors' prison encompasses any prison, jail, or other detention facility in which people are incarcerated for their inability or failure to pay debt. In Texas, tens of More »

Civil Asset Forfeiture

Civil asset forfeiture is a tool law enforcement uses to seize property they believe has been or will be involved in a crime. This practice raises the concern that law enforcement is “policing for More »

Criminal Discovery

Texas Appleseed works to improve access to justice by improving criminal discovery practices across the state. Prior to 2014, Texas law required minimal disclosure of information by prosecutors to More »

Disaster Recovery & Fair Housing

Texas Appleseed works with a network of organizations in Texas, including housing advocates, policy experts, and grassroots community groups, to ensure that all Texas families get their fair share of More »

Diversity Legal Scholars

Texas Appleseed, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions©, and Texas attorneys supporting the Diversity Legal Scholars program believe that law schools should be accessible to all qualified students. This More »

Foster Care & Courts

A child in foster care faces many hurdles growing up and becoming a productive adult. And every child in the foster care system has a judge who oversees all aspects of the child’s life. Their More »

Payday & Auto Title Lending Reform

Texas Appleseed supports fair, equitable interest and fee charges for payday, auto title and other small dollar loans. Texas currently has little to no oversight or regulation of the payday and auto More »

Debt Collection

Debt collection complaints are prevalent at the state and national level, and range from harassment and wrongful threats of criminal charges to persistent efforts to collection debts not owed by the More »

International Remittances

Transparency and fair pricing are key pillars of a state financial services market that works for customers and businesses — we are working to ensure that those pillars are consistently and fairly More »

Immigrant Children & Families

Texas Appleseed is working on systemic ways to help child refugees who are coming to the U.S. for safety. Tens of thousands of children — mainly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — took More »

Juvenile Justice

Texas Appleseed continues to push for high quality, community-based treatment of youth in the legal system — with a focus on supporting strong educational programs in county facilities. We support More »

Mental Health

Mental illness intersects with the legal system in range of situations in Texas, including civil commitments, criminal prosecutions, and detention and removal proceedings in our immigration system. More »

School-to-Prison Pipeline

Zero tolerance disciplinary policies, increased reliance on law enforcement and courts to address student misbehavior, and hostile school climates all contribute to a school-to-prison pipeline in More »

Homeless Youth

Homelessness is one of the threads that runs through many of Texas Appleseed’s projects, including juvenile and criminal justice reform, foster care reform, and our work of dismantling the school-to- More »

Protecting Seniors from Financial Abuse

As our population continues to age and grow, a myriad of social and economic issues face the more than 3 million people over the age of 65 living in Texas today. These include financial abuse, More »