VOICE OF JUSTICE
March 1995                          Official Publication of JUSTICE FOR ALL                             Volume 3 Issue 3
"Justice will only be achieved when those who are not injured by crime, feel as indignant as those who are."
-King Solomon 635-577 BC




PANEL TO REVIEW FAMILY VIOLENCE LAWS IN TEXAS

A special state Senate committee has been named to investigate possible changes in the way Texas addresses family violence. "You don't have to look to California -- you don't have to leave Texas --to see painful reasons to reassess the protection we afford abused spouses and children in our own state," Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock said recently to the Associated Press, in obvious reference to the ongoing O.J. Simpson trial. Sen. Mike Moncrief, D-Fort Worth, will be the chairperson of the interim committee, which will examine the state's criminal and civil laws. Along with Sens. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, Buster Brown, R-Lake Jackson, and Royce West, D-Dallas, Moncrief will address possible loopholes in the laws concerning domestic violence.



What Questions to Ask TDCJ Victim Services
Concerning Status of Inmates Who are Parole Eligible

Bachelor Degree Questions

Master's Degree Questions
Doctoral Degree Questions
Conclusion

A inmate may come up for parole review every year according to the TDCJ. Inmates may also be granted a two or three year set-off upon denial of parole; I would strongly advise you to request this in your protest letters, unless you enjoy going through this process yearly.




worth repeating

"Money talks and justice walks.
worth reading

April issue of Mademoiselle Magazine " An article featuring JFA Board Member, Kim Conner, and her efforts to make a difference.

"Texas Crime Victim Handbook" by Ken Anderson. This helpful handbook can be obtained through the Georgetown Press, P.O. Box 1934, Georgetown, TX 78627 for $25.00 plus shipping & handling.




 UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, March 7 Justice For All bus trip to Austin will begin at 6:00 AM for the purpose of attending criminal justice hearings that day and to lobby our legislators. Please call our office 935-9300 to confirm your attendance and directions to the departure location.

Monday, April 17 Jury selection begins of the trial of Rex Mayes in the double murder of KYNARA CARREIRO and KRISTIN WILEY. The trial will be in the 176th Harris County Criminal District Court with Judge Raines presiding.

Monday, April 24 The jury selection will begin in the trial of Robert Koscheski for the murder of STEPHEN L. MILLSAP. The trial will be held in the Harris County 177th Criminal District Court with the Honorable Micon Love presiding.

Monday, April 24 The jury selection will begin in the trial of Devina Henderson for the murder of MICHAEL GEORGE. The trial will be held in the Harris County 338th Criminal District Court.on 301 San Jacinto at 9:00AM with the Honorable Mary Bacon presiding.

Sunday through Saturday, April 23 - 29 Crime Victim,s Rights week

 UPDATES
Results of JFA drive on Post Oak and Westhiemer " We were successful in handing out over 2,000 pamphlets and received several new members. Please become involved in these events they are a lot of fun and very helpful in educating the public.
Raymond and Terri Medina " The jury, in their infinite wisdom, found Rubio guilty of manslaughter and received 20 years for the death of FRANK MEDINA. Frank worked at a McDonalds and as he when to dump cooking grease, Rubio was waiting for him. Rubio and several accomplices struck Frank in the back of the head several times with a baseball bat. Reason? Frank was accused of seeing Rubio's girlfriend. It took 12 days for Frank to die.




DPS DATA COMPILED BY THE AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN
ON SPOUSAL VIOLENCE IN TEXAS' 15 MOST POPULOUS CITIES

The DPS compiles annual reports on the number of family violence incidents handled by each police department. The analysis below includes only incidents that involved spouses, common-law spouses, or ex-spouses. Reports were not separated by gender.



 Incidents 
in 1993



 Percent change 
from 1991



 Incidents per 
100,000 pop.



Dallas



23,072



N/A *



2,256.4



Irving



1,903



+12.2



1,180.1



Amarillo



1,877



+99.3



1,165.4



Fort Worth



4,714



+62.1



1,037.3



Garland



1,726



+32.2



902.8



Lubbock



1,594



+17.0



848.1



Arlington



2,183



+29.4



791.2



El Paso



4,022



+30.2



739.6



 Corpus Christi 



1,719



+223.1



645.2



Pasadena



794



-6.5



633.1



Houston



9,872



+36.0



584.1



Austin



2,694



+61.1



547.2



Laredo



700



+30.3



512.8



Plano



523



+85.5



368.4



San Antonio



3,436



-8.7



355.5


*The DPS does not have family violence statistics for the Dallas Police Department for 1991



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