FAITH IN TEXAS HAS THREE CALLS TO ACTION FOR OUR SHERIFF:
1. Open up bail bond hearings to the public. Currently the public does not have access to bail hearings. Having communal support during bail hearings has been proven to humanize the defendant and remind the judge that their decisions have great impact and consequence for many people. In addition, there are certain rights to which each defendant is entitled by law, and without public access there is no way to ensure that these rights are being met consistently and without prejudice.
2. End the collaboration with ICE. Dallas County Jail is currently being used as an ICE detention center. This action blurs the lines between our local and federal government agencies, and incentivizes the terrorization of our immigrant community.
3. Provide and maintain up-to-date statistics of those incarcerated or detained in Dallas County. The age, zip code, race, offenses, and sex of people ensnared by the system, as well as security levels, rehabilitation & enrichment programs, release numbers, and staff statistics should be kept readily available under the Public Information Act. Without transparency, the community is not able to oversee the process of justice and identify trends in discrimination against certain demographics.
FAITH IN TEXAS HAS THREE CALLS TO ACTION FOR OUR COMMUNITY:
1. Get registered to vote. Faith in Texas will be canvassing and phone-banking through Election Day, November 6. Get informed and get active! Text “LIVEFREE” to “228466” so we can invite you to work with us in getting out the vote in your community.
2. Come to court. Please attend the lawsuit against Dallas County regarding cash bail on August 10 at 9am at U.S. District Court, 1100 Commerce St., Rm. 1452, Dallas, TX 75242. It is important we remind Dallas County that the community is paying attention to their response and the outcome of this suit.
Learn more about the lawsuit.
3. Join us for our Bail Out Services. The Faith in Texas LIVE FREE DFW Campaign, in collaboration with North Texas Community Bail Fund, has been gifted TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS from the RFK Human Rights Foundation to bail out our community members. We will be having bailout services every Friday in August from 7-8 p.m. Please join us at the Frank Crowley Courts Building as we Set the Captives Free!