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Texas Voices For Reason and Justice is a statewide, non-profit, volunteer organization devoted to promoting a more balanced, effective, and rational criminal justice system. TVRJ advocates for common sense, research based laws and policies through education, legislation, litigation, and support for persons required to register for sex related offenses as well as for members of their families.

 

We Believe:

  • No sexual abuse is ever acceptable.
  • Sex offense laws and policies should be based on sound research and common sense, not panic or paranoia.
  • Current laws and policies that paint all sex offenders with one broad brush are counter- productive, wasteful, and cause needless harm.
  • Each offense must be judged on its own merits with a punishment that fit’s the crime and does not waste taxpayer dollars.
  • The public sex offender registry and residency restriction laws do not protect children but instead, ostracize and dehumanize entire families.
  • Money spent on purely punitive measures would be better used for prevention, healing, and rehabilitation.


 

Child Safety Zone App

CSZfree is an app for RSO's on parole/probation, their families, and parole/probation officers. It shows the avoidance radius around Child Safety Zones (CSZ) nearby so that the RSO can evade those areas and maintain free from parole/probation infractions.  It is also a useful tool for residency restriction compliance checks.

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Recent News

Some of you may have heard the Supreme Court of Texas on December 15, 2017, dismissed the residency restriction lawsuit against the City of Krum‎. The lawsuit was filed by Taylor Rice (one of our members) in March of 2015. The Court ruled on December 15, 2017, that the case became "moot" due to the passage of H.B. 1111 during the last session of the Legislature.

This message is to let everyone know that Richard Gladden, who represents Taylor, promptly filed a motion for rehearing with the Texas Supreme Court on December 18, 2017, three days after the Court's ruling. In a highly unusual move, the Texas Supreme Court last week ordered Krum to file a response to Richard's motion for rehearing. As Richard points out in the motion for rehearing, Krum's new ordinance fails to comply with H.B. 1111's "due process" and "grandfather clause" requirements. That prevents the case from being moot. Based on the Court's internal rules, a new ruling by the Texas Supreme Court is not expected until at least March of 2018. Richard's motion for rehearing, and the Texas Supreme Court's order, are attached. We'll post any significant updates here! For now, see attached filings.  Also, below is a link to the most recent news article:

Local sex offender residency restrictions under scrutiny http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/news/local-sex-offender-residency-restrictions-under-scrutiny/article_dd64bd26-f654-11e7-903a-ff42db8c8caf.html

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