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SCOTUS Rules the Innocent Must Stay in Prison

SCOTUS Rules the Innocent Must Stay in Prison

Dear Supporters, Yesterday, in Jones v. Hendrix, the United States Supreme Court made it even more difficult for innocent people to overturn their convictions and be freed from incarceration for crimes they did not commit.  At Texas Defender Service, we know first-hand that the criminal-legal system makes mistakes. Many of our clients have compelling claims of  innocence. Their […]

Justice, Delayed

Justice, Delayed

Dear Supporters, Next week we celebrate Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day when federal troops began to make freedom a reality for enslaved people in Texas. On June 19, 1865, federal troops in Galveston, Texas proclaimed that enslaved people in the Lone Star State had been freed by executive decree. Federal troops announced this more than two years after President […]

You’re Invited to Our 2023 Light of Justice Luncheon!

You’re Invited to Our 2023 Light of Justice Luncheon!

Dear Friends, Please join us for Texas Defender Service’s 2023 Light of Justice Luncheon, featuring Pulitzer-Prize winner James Forman Jr. as our keynote speaker and honoring Hogan Lovells. Sponsorships and tickets are on sale now!  The luncheon, co-chaired by Christopher D. Porter of Quinn Emanuel and Robert H. Ford of Bradley, will be held on October 19th, 2023 from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. at […]

What We Wish More People Knew About the Death Penalty

What We Wish More People Knew About the Death Penalty

Dear Supporters, At Texas Defender Service, we serve at the frontlines of the criminal injustice system in Texas, advocating for justice for people harmed by mass incarceration. From our vantage, we see some of the most alarming human rights abuses our society perpetrates.  We wanted to share our observations about what we see as we represent people […]

Power our Fight for Justice

Power our Fight for Justice

Dear Supporters, Texas has the largest prison population in the United States. Every month, the Lone Star State sends thousands of people to prison for excessive sentences that fail to serve any public safety purpose. Texas Defender Service was formed to provide vital legal advocacy for indigent people in Texas facing extreme sentences—advocacy that our State fails […]

Abraham Will Live

Abraham Will Live

Dear Supporters: We have two pieces of important news to share with you today. First, our client, Abraham Ahumada, has avoided a death sentence after incredible advocacy by TDS’s mitigation team. Abraham was arrested in 2021 and faced federal charges related to the transportation of undocumented migrants. In February 2023, after the TDS team’s careful […]