By Texas Defender Service and Texas Appleseed. On Jan. 1, 2014, the Michel Morton Act took effect -- the first time in Texas history that criminal defendants have a statutory right to review the State’s evidence against them without a court order. This enactment instilled transparency into the criminal justice system, and ensured that the defense may acquire information necessary to: evaluate the charges against the accused, locate and preserve evidence that is favorable to the defendant, and make an informed decision about how to proceed. The following report is an evaluation of the Act’s implementation during its first year.
Fair Defense Act
Immigrant Banking
Civil Asset Forfeiture
Criminal Discovery
Debt Collection
Debtors' Prisons
Disaster Recovery & Fair Housing
Foster Care & Courts
Homeless Youth
Immigrant Children & Families
International Remittances
Juvenile Justice
Mental Health
Payday & Auto Title Lending Reform
Protecting Seniors from Financial Abuse
School-to-Prison Pipeline
Amicus briefs