Resource Page: Coronavirus

This resource page focuses on COVID-19 and how its impact intersects with Texas Appleseed's projects and the various populations we work to help. These resources are also available on our related project pages and/or our press room and blog. When a new link or resource is added below, the time stamp will be updated here:
Last updated: March 28, 2020, 10:52 a.m. CDT

Juvenile Justice

Letter to Travis County Officials and Judges re: COVID-19 & Texas Juvenile Facilities and Detention Centers (March 27, 2020)

Letter to Bexar County Officials and Judges re: COVID-19 & Texas Juvenile Facilities and Detention Centers (March 27, 2020)

Letter to Gov. Abbott from Texas Appleseed, Texans Care for Children, IDRA and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition regarding youth in Texas’ juvenile facilities and detention centers (March 19, 2020)

National statement from youth justice advocates in 22 states, signed by Texas Appleseed, regarding stopping new admissions and removing youth from facilities to reduce youth risk of infection (March 19, 2020)

Criminal Justice

Expanded Resource Page: Policies to Mitigate Harm of COVID-19 in Texas County Jails & Criminal Legal System

Letter to Ken Paxton from several organizations regarding county jails and pretrial detainees (March 19, 2020)

Letter from several advocates to Texas judges, sheriffs, prosecutors, and police officers related to COVID-19 and the criminal justice system (March 19, 2020)

Letter from several advocates to District Attorney Margaret Moore and County Attorney David Escamilla related to COVID-19 and the Travis County Jail (March 16, 2020)

Letter from several advocates to Sheriff Hernandez related to COVID-19 and the Travis County Jail (March 13, 2020)

Fair Financial Services

Letter to the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner from the Texas Fair Lending Alliance, of which Texas Appleseed is a member, and Faith Leaders 4 Fair Lending (March 19, 2020)

Texas Standard radio interview with Ann Baddour, Director of Fair Financial Services: Making Hard Financial Choices Means Prioritizing Basic Needs, Expert Say (March 17, 2020)

Cross-Programmatic

The Core, Texas Appleseed's blog: COVID-19 and Our Most Vulnerable Communities by Deputy Director Brennan Griffin (March 19, 2020)

Letter to Gov. Greg Abbott, outlining the most urgent and necessary recommendations to ensure the wellbeing and safety of our communities in Texas jails, prisons, and juvenile detention facilities (March 16, 2020)