Texas

Racial Justice Coalition

What is RJC?

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RJC Texas Introduction

FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM.

The Racial Justice Coalition of Texas is a nonpartisan group of individuals and organizations unified to fight racial bias in death penalty sentencing. It is our mission to advocate, educate, and research the issue of racial bias within death penalty cases, past and present, in Texas.

Since 1976, almost 300 Black defendants have been executed for convictions involving white murder victims. That is 14 times the number of white defendants executed for similar crimes.

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, Black defendants are more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder than white defendants.

Even though Black people comprise only 12% of the population in Texas, they make up 37% of death row inmates.

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We hope to form a coalition of unified Texans, as individuals, businesses, and organizations, to promote the introduction of the Racial Justice Act in 2021.

Join Us.

Want to get involved? Joining our coalition does not require any monetary contributions. Contact us to add your name or business to our list of community partners.

Our Mission

Without racial justice, there is no justice. Our mission is to unify local communities and legislatures around the notion that racial bias in the sentencing and convictions of BIPOCs is contrary to the pursuit of justice.

Our courts are intended to be avenues of equity and justice. If the law is applied unjustly, our institutions are only serving a portion of the public. We are fighting for equal justice in the justice system by promoting the passage of the Racial Justice Act in state legislatures and by conducting empirical studies on inequality in the courtroom. 

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Advocate

Our coalition’s aim is to promote the introduction of the Racial Justice Act to the 2021 Texas legislative session.

Educate

Our coalition uses its platform to educate the public about racial disparities in various aspects of the criminal justice system by disseminating credible information through social media platforms, the RJC website, and blog post projects.

Research

The RJC is drafting a comprehensive white paper addressing racial bias in sentencing and convictions. This white paper will soon be available to the public and lawmakers.

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